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Student Artwork to be Displayed as a Feature Mural in the Historic Warehouse District

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August 17, 2017
Peoria Academy students' artwork will be a featured mural in the Art Park located at C.T. Gabbert Remodeling & Construction in the Warehouse District. What started as a class assignment has turned into much more for four Peoria Academy Alumni.

Each year in Spanish, 8th-grade students learn about the "Mural Movement" which took place in Mexico after the Mexican Revolution. In the Mural Movement, Mexicans were empowered to unite as a country and thus creating their bond through art, specifically mural projects.  "As a way to tie the Mural Movement into the lives of our 8th graders, I ask them to create a mural depicting their journey through Peoria Academy, a relatable experience for all of them," says Senor Salazar, Peoria Academy Middle School Spanish teacher.


The class was divided into groups of 3-4 students per group. Between them, they had to discuss their vision of their middle school experience and create a mural. Mya Williams, Kat Withers, Hannah Srinivasan and Charlie Wentorth created the mural on display in the Art Park. "We titled our mural "The Process," says Charlie Wentworth, former Peoria Academy student. "We decided to begin with the creator on the left side to symbolize our teachers who helped shape our experience and education throughout our time at PA. Then the students go down the conveyor belt where they're filled with knowledge and then off to their respective high schools."

Peoria Academy will become the second Peoria area school featured in the Art Park. Chuck Gabbert, owner of C.T.Gabbert Remodeling & Construction, home to the Art Park says, "This whole project started with a Clean Water Celebration mural done by Peoria High 3 years ago. It's great to see how far we've come since then and to have the honor of highlighting other great talent in the Peoria area. That is what this project is all about, highlighting local artists and their talents."
Kari Gabbert

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