Students of art teacher Jamie Zbrzezny created a large scale mosaic tile mural in conjunction with Pittsburgh Center for the Arts artist, Laura Jean McLaughlin. The collaborative mural was a school-wide effort based on school culture.
McLaughlin is again partnering with Zbrzezny and her students for a 20-day Artist Residency Project.
"The entire process is student centered and the kids have their hand in it from the beginning," Zbrzezny said. "This residency works wonders for school morale thanks to a very supportive group of teachers, administrators, and maintenance team. The project and end product brings everyone together in a very positive way."
Zbrzezny said the students benefited from meeting and working with a special local artist and in collaboration with their peers.
This year, PCA is generously offering the help they can to make the project happen again for the middle school students. To make up for the left over expenses, Zbrzezny has taken the initiative to come up with the rest of the funding.
In addition to traditional grants, campaigns for public donations have been set up for the cause on indiegogo.com and donorschoose.org.
Some special “perks” await those who contribute at the $100 and $150 dollar levels on indiegogo.com, including special handmade invitations to the unveiling and limited addition linoleum prints from artist Laura Jean McLaughlin.
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