Pre-school classroom mural project

February 25, 2015

When Professor Ursula McCarty wanted to help students in her course on Feminist Art see the dramatic effect art can have even in the simplest of settings, she introduced them to a new group of art patrons: a class of pre-schoolers. Professor McCarty brought her students to a local community center where children in the local HeadStart program had an empty wall just outside their classroom that they wanted filled. The students met with the preschoolers to discuss their ideas for the ten-foot mural. Once the group settled on a design from airports to dinosaurs the work began. Students visited the classroom regularly, interacting with the children as they designed the mural and painted it over the course of several weeks.


From Service Matters 1998: Engaging Higher Education In the Renewal of America s Communities and American Democracy

Contact: Professor Christina McOmber at or (319) 895-4137

Cornell College - IA, Iowa
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