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Queens College to Dedicate Mural on West Wall of Student Union Building, Monday, September 18


-- Created by Graduate Art Education Students, Mural Employs 18 Languages, Including Braille and Sign Language, to Celebrate Learning --

WHAT: Dedication of an 8 x 20- foot mural celebrating, in 18 languages, how people learn. Dr. Prabha Sahasrabudhe, Professor Emeritus of Art Education at Teachers College, Columbia University, and former Director of the Center for International Art Education, will be guest speaker. A dance performance, ribbon-cutting and reception will follow.

WHEN: Monday, September 18, 2006, 5 - 6:30 pm

WHERE: West exterior wall of Queens College’s Student Union Building opposite parking lot #1 between Melbourne Avenue and Kissena Boulevard.

WHO: Mural was created by the 14 students in a graduate art education class taught by Professor Rikki Asher, Queens College Director of Art Education.


Why would anyone want to celebrate the importance of learning? To answer this question, Dr. Asher’s graduate art education class interviewed friends, family, neighbors and their own public school students about their learning experiences in and outside the classroom. Their responses formed the basis of the mural they designed, which took a full semester to complete.

The mural depicts stories of struggle and pride; reflections on the past and the students’ hope for the future. On the border, the words “We learn” are inscribed in 18 different languages (among dozens spoken on campus), including sign language and Braille. Most of these graduate students, who are already teaching in New York City public schools, have begun to integrate mural-making into their own class curricula, after-school programs and community clubs.


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