Parenting with Respect Mural with Mark Ragonese
With funding from the Vermont Arts Council, in conjunction with the Rockingham Arts and Museum Project (RAMP), and led by Bellows Falls muralist Mark Ragonese, we painted a mural with participation from fathers who graduated from our Parenting with Respect course and their children, assisted by other community volunteers. The mural, based on a wood jigsaw puzzle design, where everyone paints and stamps each individual piece, will go up on the old fire station building in Bellows Falls by September. We were also assisted by two Afghani women muralists who recently settled in southern Vermont as refugees.
Putney Central School Training
ArtLords murals with Negina Azimi
We brought in an Afghani woman muralist, Negina Azimi, to develop murals based on the concept of justice with students in the Bellows Falls High and Middle Schools. Five of the members of the remarkable ArtLords mural organization, which formed in Kabul, have re-settled in Brattleboro and their fabulous murals are starting to appear in Windham County, after the Taliban literally whitewashed their murals in Kabul. We also plan to bring this grant-funded project to the Putney Central School as part of our new student leadership in restorative practices training program there.