Community has been coordinating and collaborating with Student Health Services to develop and install a mural for the waiting area in the SHS building. SHS initially approached the Art Department looking for ways to incorporate art and student art into their space. This quickly led to conversations with Community Art Professor Leah Samuelson and from there it’s been full speed ahead with a lot of enthusiasm and excitement about this project and bringing Community Art into our very own community as it relates to topics of health, body and healing.
A huge huge Thank You to SHS for wanting and being willing to work with the Community Art class and breaking new ground, venturing into new territory and for helping to open yet unknown possibilities for interdisciplinary and inter-campus collaboration, conversation and community.
Following is a the Community Art classes project proposal, which hopefully gives you a good sense of how they are thinking, approaching and implementing this project alongside SHS.
Fall 2011 Community Mural Project Proposal
Project Description: We plan to paint a 6’ x 17’ mural in the Student Health Services waiting room.
Needs: As a community, we need to learn to balance our lives so that we can be holistically healthy. A balanced way of being includes campus community members sharing knowledge and being real and authentic with each other. We need to incorporate multiple ways of knowing into our educational diet, including knowing through images.
Goals: We aim to team up with members of the Wheaton College community to paint a mural.
Objectives: We will teach volunteers the steps in making a mural and work side by side with them until it is completed.
Outcomes: The mural will make people who visit Student Health Services feel welcome and more comfortable. Seeing the mural will spark discussions about what it means to be healthy, not just physically, but also emotionally and spiritually. Bridges will be built between students and staff. The importance of community art will be seen.
Schedule: Four times a week, there will be teams comprised of one class member and two volunteers each who will be working in 2-hour shifts:
Monday 1:00-3:00 p.m. (1 team, 3 people total)
Wednesday 1:00-3:00 p.m. (1 team, 3 people total)
Tuesday 6:00-8:00 p.m. (2 teams, 6 people total)
Thursday 6:00-8:00 p.m. (2 teams, 6 people total)
Painting will take place from October 19 until November 30.
Budget: $500 sourced from the Community Art classroom budget.