PHHS National Art Honor Society Students Create Mural for City of Roanoke’s Public Art Collection

The City of Roanoke has unveiled a new mural on the first floor of the Noel C. Taylor Municipal Building. Titled “Be the Change,” the mural was designed and fabricated by the students of the Patrick Henry High School National Art Honor Society, and sponsored by Patrick Henry High School art teacher Jennifer Fowler.

The students explained their inspiration for the mural by stating, “Our objective was to create portraits that capture the enthusiasm as well as diversity that is reflected throughout the youth of Roanoke City. The vision for this mural came from the broad range of students at Patrick Henry High School who are able to easily connect with the audience in a meaningful way. In order to initiate change, people must embrace it through what they say and do. While at times it may be difficult for people to remain optimistic, we must choose to be accepting and encourage others to be the best versions of themselves.”

Roanoke Arts Commission Chair Greg Webster said, “Seeing our young folks take interest in expressing their artistic talents is very special. The mural is absolutely impressive, and the Roanoke Arts Commission is proud to be a supporter and adviser in this process. Public art like this encourages responses from the public that ultimately bring communities together and helps define more enjoyable public spaces.”

The National Art Honor Society is sponsored by the National Art Education Association, a professional organization for art teachers, college and university art personnel, art supervisors, museum art educators, and others concerned with the quality of education in the visual arts. A goal of NAHS is to recognize students who have shown an outstanding ability in art. The organization also strives to aid students in working toward the attainment of the highest standards in art areas and to bring art education to the attention of the school and community. Members are eligible for scholarships and special recognition and awards. Membership is based on art scholarship, service, and character.

For more information, contact Susan Jennings, Arts and Culture Coordinator, at 540-309-9760 or [email protected].

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