I was invited back to the Anderson Center at Tower View in Red Wing, Minnesota to work with the young students at Tower View Alternative school on a mural panel project. We collaborated on the story and message we wanted to tell through our art piece, and decided to share the students thoughts and feelings about what they experienced at a traditional school vs. their current alternative school environment.
We discussed the elements of each piece of the mural and over the course of the next few days, painted, collaborated and learned so much from one another. The days were full of snow and the girls were so ready for winter to be over as it was already April and so many cold snowy months had already passed that creating art for several days was a nice break for everyone.
At the end of our week project, the students presented our mural panels to their fellow students, instructors and the Red Wing Arts Association who sponsored our project. It was wonderful to hear how empowered these young women felt being in an alternative high school that made them feel safe, comfortable and ready to learn.