"We Are Murray"

The Murray City Arts Advisory Board's mission is to promote the development, awareness and appreciation of, and participation in, the cultural arts and humanities in the city. To further their mission, the Arts Advisory Board acts as an advocate for the arts to be a significant element of the school curriculum.

Each year, as part of the art education element of their stewardship, the board chooses an art form for students to engage in that will enhance their education. This year, they have the opportunity to team up with Murray School District, the Department of Art and Art History at the University of Utah, and the Beverly Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program (BTSALP), to produce the "Visual Arts Mural Project" for students within Murray City.

Follow the Project
We will be posting the projects ongoing progress through out the next several months on our Murray City Cultural Arts Facebook Page. Lead Professional Development Partner for the Beverley Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program - University of Utah region, Trish Saccomano, will also be reporting on the "Murray Mural Project" on the BTSALP website: BTSALP Blog

  1. MURAL PHASE 1
  2. Mural Phase 2
  3.  Connecting lives on canvas

This school year (2018-2019), Murray School District has chosen the theme "We Are Murray" to help bring sense of belonging and pride to the students of each school. The students at each elementary were asked to draw what they felt being a part of their school represented. After this exercise, University undergraduate art majors, graduate art majors, and Beverly Taylor Sorenson Arts Learning Program (BTSALP) visual art specialists met with students from each elementary to talk about the student drawings and come up with ideas for a mural unique to their elementary school.

After meeting with the elementary schools, the University students and BTSALP visual art specialists, transformed the drawings and ideas from those conversations, into mural drafts themed specifically for each of the nine elementary schools.

Next, the University and BTSALP students will meet with Junior High and High school students for input on color palette and hear suggestions on additions or revisions that might be added to the drafts. Once the outlines are finalized, each design will be printed onto a
4' x 8' piece of canvass and set up at the Murray Amphitheater to be painted. Elementary, junior high, and high school students will be bused to the Murray Mansion to help the University and BTSALP students to paint the murals. One of the paint days will be opened to the public and local artists.

With the completion of all nine murals, each elementary will have their own mural specific to their school identity.

"We Are Murray" Mural Phases 1 & 2