A hallway art beautification project at Jack Abrams STEM Magnet School has combined colorful scenes with scientific information.
“One of our goals at Jack Abrams School this year was to revitalize our hallways with mural images,” Principal Donna Moro said. “It seemed like a simple idea, but one that could not have come to life without the dedication and talent of our students, staff and families.”
The mural project got off the ground by reaching out to Huntington High School art teacher Kasmira Mohanty, who serves as the Art Honor Society’s faculty advisor and asking for help from the organization’s members. “Without hesitation, Kasmira came on board with her talented team of high school artists,” Ms. Moro said.
A group of creative teenagers was mobilized and ready to pitch in to make the project a success. “The challenge then became deciding on a theme, the images, the design and the actual painting,” Ms. Moro said. “As a STEM school we knew we wanted to highlight science and technology, but it was the parents of our students that suggested focusing the images on scientific and technological discoveries that have occurred on Long Island. The result was the decision to create a timeline that highlighted some of the most significant scientific discoveries of our time that have taken place right here on Long Island.”
The first stage of the mural project included the design of four discoveries, including jumping jeans, the blender experiment, DNA double helix and the first video game.
“Kasmira and the Art Honor Society members then had to create images around these discoveries,” Ms. Moro explained. “They decided to create the images in the likeness of French-born, Spain-based fine artist and muralist Remed.”
Jack Abrams School art teacher Todd Hiscox helped get the images on the walls. “Having painted murals in other buildings, Todd was instrumental in organizing the effort that saw STEM students and Art Honor Society members collaborating on the painting of the murals.”
While more work needs to be done, the early results are already earning rave reviews.