Aug. 12, 2022
Over the summer, Pinellas County Schools students enjoyed the first-ever PCS Visual Arts Summer Mural Camps held at Blanton Elementary School and Safety Harbor Middle School. School leadership and art teachers at both sites chose from four themes: School Identity & Pride, Environment & Conservation, Embracing Diversity, and Building & Celebrating Community.
At each school, 30 rising 6-9th grade students from all over the county eagerly collaborated with a visiting local artist and visual arts teachers to execute a group vision from beginning to end. Angela Cannata worked with students at Blanton, and Tony Krol was at the Safety Harbor camp.
In addition to painting the group mural, each student at Blanton designed his or her own unique fish, added it to the mural, and painted a design that represented embracing diversity. Students also designed and created digital representations of their mural at the Safety Harbor location.
Public art in the form of murals adds enormous value to a school’s culture, overall aesthetics, and vitality. It is now well-accepted within urban design that public art contributes to a community's identity, fosters community pride and a sense of belonging, and enhances the quality of life for its stakeholders.