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Artistry in Action

By Ivan Saul Cutler, Carolina Peacemaker / January 6, 2023

Swann Middle School Art Teacher Kym Cooper, center, works with students and colleagues on a community mural that will be on display at the school. Photo by Ivan Saul Cutler, Carolina Peacemaker.

At the invitation of Swann Middle School Art Teacher Kym Cooper, students spent a Saturday afternoon at Creative Greensboro’s GROW Residency Studio to participate in a free form community mural project.

The students worked with Cooper and area muralist Alex Figueroa to express themselves on a large canvass that will hang in the century old Dunleath neighborhood school.

“I wanted to get a few students involved in painting a mural for my middle school with a local Greensboro [artist],” she said, explaining that Principal Patrick Battle agreed to cover costs.

Creative Greensboro chose Cooper as a GROW resident artist. In the Cultural Center’s studio, she presented a series of paintings on African Americans from 1619 to present.


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