17 Nov 2020
Sixteen Newton elementary school students collaborated to create a mural to help people connect while still social distancing. Featuring a streetscape mural, the piece is meant to be used as a backdrop for photos that people can post to social media and interact while apart.
Creating things is an innate need for people as they navigate the world around them, at least that’s how Newton elementary art teacher Lauren Roush sees things. She views community art as an essential piece to help people “connect with each other and care for their community and become democratically engaged.”
Roush took this mentality into a project for her graduate program through the University of Northern Iowa. As she was exploring ideas for her research project, she wanted to continue to dig into the benefits art has within the community. She wanted to involve her art students at Aurora Heights and Emerson Hough who already seek other art opportunities.