Arete contribution submitted by Kali O’Rourke
When Megan McDonald first heard about the Kids’ Guernica International Peace Mural Project, she thought the project would be too big for her CE/T. Now almost a year later, she receives calls nearly every day about displaying the completed mural.
McDonald, an elementary education major from Louisville, worked with fifth grade students at Hartstern Elementary School in her hometown to put the mural together. The Guerica International Peace Mural Project is based off of Picasso’s Guernica, which was created during a time of war in Spain. McDonald hosted a peace workshop for the students and taught them about conflict resolution and global community. After the workshop, each student drew his or her idea of what peace meant. Artist Alice Stone combined these drawings into a 25-by-12 feet mural, which the students then painted.
McDonald said that the students should be really proud of the mural, and she thought it was “great to see the whole school get excited about it.”
Currently, the mural is on display at the Oxmoor Center in Louisville. The
mural will travel throughout the Louisville and Bowling Green areas for the rest of 2013. McDonald already has five months booked. She hopes that the mural will bring awareness to things that kids can do to benefit their community and that the children know now “that they can do something cool that has the ability to impact the world”.
The mural will be on display at WKU’s Center for Research and Development after Spring Break and will remain there until the beginning of April.