Hutchinson Elementary School unveiled Pelham’s largest wall mural as part of its groundbreaking ceremony on Friday, June 21st, celebrating the beginning of construction of a new school on the nearby field.
Visitors can access the mural during the summer by taking the stairs at the entrance to Hutchinson School on Lincoln Avenue (not Third Avenue).
The project, spearheaded by Francile Albright Mullen, chair of the PTA Cultural Arts Committee at Hutchinson and Director of Education at The Picture House Regional Film Center, took months to organize as the entire student body, along with many parent volunteers, participated during the week of June 17th to complete the project.
The mural was produced by Street Art for Mankind, a nonprofit organization responsible for mural projects in Larchmont, Mamaroneck, and the largest outdoor mural in New York City.
“I met with Audrey and Thibault Decker, co-directors of SAM, months ago. I was so impressed with their professionalism and the mission of their organization, I wanted to find some way to bring their work to Pelham," said Ms. Mullen. "This project was a perfect fit.”
Featured in the mural are students from Hutchinson Elementary, along with replicas of the children’s art work at the center of the mural. The theme of the piece is Global Citizennship - students created a list of words centered on the theme of responsibility to each other, to the community, and to the planet. These words were transformed into stencils, which were painted by each individual student, and form a river of words that converge and lead to the base of the mural. The final stencils were painted by Dr. Cheryl Champ, Superintendent of Pelham Schools, Chance Mullen, Mayor of Pelham Village, and Trisha Fitzgerald, Principal of Hutchinson Elementary. Along with the stencils, each student placed a painted handprint along railroad ties that outline the playground.
During the next two years, construction of the new school will take place place near the existing building. The area around the mural will be the only outdoor space available to students and teachers during that time, and will serve as a meaningful and cheerful place for classroom breaks and outdoor studies.
Before the existing building is torn down, pieces of the mural will be saved and integrated into the new school.
For more information about Street Art for Mankind by visiting www.streetartmankind.org