Mama Oak and Her Children Mural was the name that the 5th grade students chose for the diversity mural they created and painted on the school’s largest wall. This project integrated the arts and mural painting with a diversity curriculum where students created visual representations that represented their passions and dreams through self-portraits. Each portrait provided a message the student wanted to share (peace, respect for the environment, etc.)
To prepare for the project, students took field trips to view city murals and see native plant life. Many community members — parents, neighborhood residents and arts organizations — also participated in the project by volunteering weekend time.