PS/IS 30: Dreams In Motion

Featuring Art Direction by Sally Chen (Brooklyn 2022)
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This mural was designed and created in partnership with the students and staff at PS/ IS 30 -the Mary White Ovington School located in Bay Ridge. Residing on the first floor in the Dual Language Hallway, the mural has been inspired by PS/IS 30’s diverse student population- with many of the students being immigrants or living with immigrant families.  Students explored the themes of community, culture, immigration, family, and identity, and how to represent these things through symbolism and imagery. The mural weaves together multiple cultures in a colorful, overlapping symphony of dance, movement, landmarks, song, and language- all derived directly from students’ artwork and ideas. Students were passionate and involved from the beginning to the end of the project, and displayed their care for their peers and their community as they collaboratively worked on bringing this mural to fruition. As production began, many more students, staff, and community members became involved in the process- people continually showed up to contribute to the mural. In the end, there was a flood of folks who showed up to celebrate the collective art piece– which will live in this school as a continual celebration of the many cultures that compose their vibrant community.

IS 30: Dreams in Motion

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Project Details

Dreams In Motion
PS/IS 30 (Brooklyn)

• Art Direction: Sally Chen
• 250 Square Feet
• Medium: Latex and Acrylic on wall
• Contributing Artists: Will DeNatale, Danny Diodato
• Sponsored by Council member Justin Brannan, NYC Department of Cultural Affairs, Cultural Immigrant Initiative, Principal Carol Heeraman

  • Elementary School
  • Interior
  • Middle School

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