Two murals were created, one by lower school students with the guidance of upper school, and the other by the middle school. During the Camp Henry Horner overnight, students conceived various ideas for the mural. The design that was ultimately chosen featured the skyline of Chicago with a bold fire border along the bottom of the mural to connect to the history of the fire of 1871. Embracing a social justice theme, "Rise Above the Hate", the fire "burned" sexism, racism, inequality, hatred and other prejudice and hostility that our students hope will be burned away in the future.
Eight art educators from Nagasaki visited Roycemore on Monday and Thursday to support our students in creating the mural. On Thursday, Evanston Mayor, Steve Hagerty, came to Roycemore to welcome the delegation from Nagasaki and to receive a letter from the Mayor of Nagasaki delivered by the delegation. Once the murals leave Roycemore, they will go to Nagasaki and be part of an installation alongside a river there next August to commemorate the 75th anniversary of the end of World War II. The middle school mural left some unpainted surface so that students in Nagasaki can add to it, therefore bringing our children together across continents to advance peace.
Our thanks and appreciation are extended to Dr. Hiro Miyazaki and his son, Xavier, for bringing this meaningful collaboration to the school. It was a powerful experience for our students.
To see more photos of the Middle School mural project and the visit from the mayor,