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Students Select Artists for Community Mural In Extension of LRNG Innovators Challenge Project

Publication: NBC 29
Date: June 5, 2018

Summary: A group of Albemarle High School students, in collaboration with The Charlottesville Mural Project, have selected a pair of artists to complete a mural conceived as part of Let `Em Shine, a 2017 LRNG Innovators Challenge project that invited students to help unite the community by creating a symbolic "monument" that tells a broader story and honors the rich cultural history of Charlottesville, Virginia.


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Funding for this project is possible through Westgate Limited Partnership, a Great Eastern Management Related Entity as well as The National Writing Project and John Legend's LRNG organization which awarded Albemarle County Schools an Educator Innovator grant for the Let 'em Shine project studying memorialization in the public realm.

During the 2017-2018 school year students working with AHS teacher Russell Carlock have been studying murals and monuments in the public realm. As a continuation of these educational efforts, The Charlottesville Mural Project (a program of The Bridge Progressive Arts Initiative) has worked with students to develop a call for muralists, including a description of appropriate styles and motifs.

Students communicated a desire to see a bright, fun design highlighting the diverse people and geographic beauty of Albemarle and Charlottesville."

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