SCHOOL’S OUT: Genesee Hill Elementary’s final art project of the year

Whether they’re coming back next year or moving up, Genesee Hill Elementary School students finished their school year with a gift for next year and beyond. The mural you see above, painted by students led by Urban ArtWorks, has replaced this drab wall:

The costs were covered by Genesee Hill PTA fundraising; Urban ArtWorks was chosen from four local artists who bid on the project. The planning process began in March, in art workshops with all 530+ GHES students. Their ideas were consolidated into a design in April. Teaching artist Lis Rafailedes, below with GHES principal Liz Dunn, was there working with the young artists when we visited on Monday:

The students painted the mural over multiple days this month, concluding with kindergarteners:

You can see the mural from SW Genesee, on the south side of the campus.

A similar project resulted in a mural at Lafayette Elementary four years ago.

2 Replies to "SCHOOL'S OUT: Genesee Hill Elementary's final art project of the year"

  • Mike July 1, 2023 (6:45 am)

    Love this, great use of that boring retention wall.  I know the kids had fun being part of this and Urban ArtWorks is a great organization.  Much more inviting with the bright colorful art.

  • WSE Parent July 1, 2023 (7:39 am)

    West Seattle Elementary also had a new mural painted, near the playground in the back. Hopefully they’ll be an unveiling when the kids get back to the building after a 2 year hiatus! 

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