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MHS Students Create 'Campus Pride' Mural

Jamal Cole (left) and Lori Lovette (right) stand proudly in front of the new 'Campus Pride' Mural they designed.

Do you believe in Blue? How about the other colors of the spectrum? Local students have been putting these colors together in a most creative way. The Meridian High School Visual Arts Classes have recently completed another ‘Campus Pride’ art project.


The goal of the ‘Campus Pride’ art projects is to give our students “real world” experience such as designing a large scale project, managing the project’s timeline, focusing on an end goal, developing artistic skills, and increasing knowledge of their school and local history. The students had to do research, collaborate, design, and help install the murals which gave them a wealth of experience that will help prepare them for the future.


Students submit their completed designs to various school department chairs for voting. The winning design is then actually created and installed by all of the Visual Arts students. The most recent project to be installed was a mural designed by MHS Students Jamal Cole and Lori Lovette.


There are also ‘Campus Pride’ art projects located in the Meridian High School Activities Building, History Department, English Department, and Cafeteria.


MHS Visual Arts Department Chair Marsha Iverson said, “We all know that art provides our youth with academic confidence and sense of pride. I feel that their experiences with this project will provide them with the intellectual stimulation that will carry them through the rest of their school days here at Meridian High School.”


The MHS Visual Arts Department wants to create a public art legacy and strives to preserve the unique cultural history and heritage in our school. Each mural unveiling, organized and publicized in large part by the youth themselves, allows the teen artists to showcase their creativity and experience a sense of pride and accomplishment.


This project began with an education grant funded by the Meridian Council for the Arts.

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