New mural opened at dedication ceremony

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The new mural spread a staircase at South High was officially opened at a dedication ceremony wednesday, September 5th. The celebration was an acknowledgement of the work and thought that went into creating the mural, titled “We the People.”

The creation process began in the spring of last year; a collaboration between South students and muralists Greta McLain, Shannon McEvoy, Gustavo Lira, and art teacher Denny Sponsler.  Several of these muralists were returning to canvas of South High, after being involved with the first mural.

Speakers at the event brought up big material tackled in the larger-than-life visual story, spread across the front staircase off the commons.  Themes included constitutionality, citizenship today, and times in this nation’s past when the constitution was not upheld.

The ceremony opened with the Little Earth Drum Group as people gathered.  Muralists and students Samie Johnson and Alec Trelstad then spoke about their experiences and perspectives on making the mural.  One of the keynote speakers that drew the crowded audience was local hip-hop artist Brother Ali, who dedicated the mural to a spirit of change in youth.  Story-teller Rose McGee closed the speaking portion with her impassioned, and interactive personal journey with the Occupy movement, and what it means in a larger picture.  The night finished with student-led tours of the mural.

Videos of the presentations can be watched below.

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