2015 Teacher Grant
Recipient: Kim Furey – Bach Elementary School
Amount Awarded: $3,500
Back Drop for Stephen’s Theater
In the summer of 2013, the Bach community tragically lost its student, 8-year-old Stephen Easter. Stephen loved nature, music and performing. Stephen’s classmates, teachers, and family collaborated to design, fundraise, and build the theater in his memory. The amphitheater sits at the foot of the hill of the big playground and flanking it is a long wall normally covered with unsightly graffiti. The Bach mural makes a perfect backdrop for Stephen’s Theater.
With Artist David Zinn
Local Artist David Zinn has been creating original artwork in and around Ann Arbor since 1987, serving all manner of commercial clients from small shops to major municipalities while simultaneously sneaking “pointless” art into the world at large. David is a self-taught artist with a degree in Creative Writing and English Language from the Residential College of the University of Michigan. He is notoriously known for his temporary street art comprised of chalk, charcoal, and found objects.
Building A Mural Together
With David Zinn at the helm with his amazing design, community came together to beautify the western wall of the Bach big playground. Nearby homeowners helped prep and prime the wall and Bach elementary art students helped paint the mural. Graduating students were invited to “tag” the mural with a representation of themselves. Students discovered what is public art, what makes it art, and the many benefits of public art.
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