Robbinsdale Area Schools

Sonnesyn Mural Project Update

Hello Sonnesyn Community Members,

We have some exciting news to share regarding a School Mural Project that your child has the opportunity to be a part of here at Sonnesyn over the next few months. A few members of our staff, Kelly Betzold, the school social worker, and Angela Beugen, the school art teacher, were awarded a grant through the 7 Dreams Foundation giving them an opportunity to work with a local artist, Kenneth Caldwell, on creating a mural to be mounted in our building by the end of this school year.  

As part of this project, we are reading the book Maybe Something Beautiful: How Art Transformed a Neighborhood by Isabel Campoy and Theresa Howell. This book is based on a true story of an East Village near San Diego, California where Rafael (an artist) and Candice Lopez (a graphic designer) held meetings in their home to share their great ideas of how to transform their neighborhood into a welcoming place to live, eventually creating what is now known as the Urban Art Trail. We are using this example to talk about the power of working together as a community and using art to make our community feel like a welcoming place to be. 

Each student will have the opportunity to create their own individual piece of art in the shape of a hexagon that will be put together to represent themselves as part of their community in a honeycomb design.  Kenneth Caldwell, our local artist will be working with us to add detail to the mural and finalize the project. Also incorporated in the design are positive words students are choosing to represent their personal strengths as part of their community, such as: courageous, creative, or intelligent. We are so excited to see the students be part of creating a beautiful piece of art for their school community and we look forward to sharing more with you on the progress of this project this spring.