The students at Eleanor Roosevelt High School are working with NDC to implement environmental-themed murals for the temporary classroom structures on their campus! Their murals, which will focus on the challenges and solutions to restoring the Chesapeake Bay Watershed, are being implemented onto 8 faces of the temporary classrooms. NDC hosted a friendly design competition at the school to get students to individually develop their initial design concepts, which resulted in 42 student design submissions. These design themes ranged from community well-being and biodiversity, to natural resource conservation and cultural identity. NDC also held two design workshops at the school to get students to collaborate on their ideas and work together to finalize their designs for implementation.
The overall goals of this effort are to 1) increase student awareness of the challenges and solutions to restoring the health of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed; 2) promote environmental sustainability and stewardship; 3) increase quality of life; 4) promote social and environmental justice. This project is supported by the Chesapeake Bay Trust, Prince George’s County District 4 Council Member Todd Turner, Community Forklift, and our professional volunteers: Nehemiah Dixon from Art Works Now, Bronwyn King from Studio SoHy, Peter Krsko from Krsko Creative Group, and Brooke Kidd from Joe’s Movement Emporium, who have dedicated their time as artist panelists to review designs and provide technical expertise throughout project development.
So far 3 walls have been painted since Project Kick Off Day on June 4th. Stay tuned for more project progress and updates!