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There is Beauty in the Struggle Mural

This mural was conceptualized, designed, and painted by students with critical aesthetic support from facilitating arts educators. 

In a group brainstorming process, one student mentioned wanting to include the lotus flower, a blossom that literally grows from mud. The lotus is used as a symbol for the beauty of persevering through difficulty for this reason.

Another student wanted to include barbed wire behind the lotus, a third was a poet who wrote the words that accompany the image. Students worked together to choose colors, design, and placement, and painted the mural together in class. 

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