Craft Alliance has collaborated with area schools in mural residencies since the inception of the Mural Arts Program
in 1995. Teaching artists work with students over several months culminating in a public work that is installed permanently within the halls of their school. Students demonstrate their confidence and ability to inform and fulfill a cohesive visual statement while applying sophisticated studio art processes. Through the creative process, students experience writing, art and mathematics while developing problem-solving and cooperation skills.
Throughout the residencies, students find ways to employ creative and classical educational strategies that connect their work to a larger context outside of their scholastic environment. Their work becomes part of a larger conversation that speaks about the stewardship of a school, its ability to anchor a neighborhood, and enrich the lives of those around it.
News & Coverage:
East St. Louis students celebrate their town, school through art, Belleville News-Democrat, March 30, 2016