The project involved guest artist David Kelley-Daithi, who works at the Goodman Center with Emerson students and has an impressive portfolio of artistic work and murals. Working closely with Emerson Art Teacher Jenny Brown, they used Emerson's Equity Vision (below) and family and staff input in the design of a welcoming mural on the wall outside of the auditorium. The mural was funded through generous donations from the Jewish Congregations for Social Justice and the Foundation for Madison's Public Schools (FMPS).
Art Teacher Jenny Brown had this to say about the project:
"We kept our equity vision in mind as David and I worked together to design the layout. Once David got our vision laid out, he visited the art room to work with students to do the actual painting. Every student at Emerson, kindergarten through 5th grade, was given an opportunity to add their own touch to the final mural. After my student teacher, Seoyeon Kim, and I did some final touch ups, the mural was complete and ready for the wall!
I am really proud of the final piece. I think it effectively communicates our vision to support ALL students in their growth not only while they are students here at Emerson, but also beyond elementary school as they complete the rest of their education and become powerful citizens of the world."
Emerson Equity Vision
We, the Emerson community, commit to valuing, including, and engaging all students, staff, and families. We commit to supporting all students’ pursuit of dreams, development of full potential, and growth as citizens of our community and the world.