If one picture can be worth a 1000 words, what could a dozen or more pictures be worth?
Here is my favorite stumble in the Wynwood neighborhood, the Jose De Diego Middle School, where I think the value of an image supercedes words. This public school is located in a residential neighborhood within blocks of highfalutin art galleries, Art Basel stunts, gentrified food tours and art walks.
More than 630 students get to see these painted walls every day. If I were one of those kids, I’d feel pretty lifted going into my school.
Wouldn’t it be amazing if phenomenal local or nationally respected artists were to decorate, in a manner like this, all the public schools across the country? It would prove that art is for everyone, not just the elite.
That artists chose this school to paint sends a message to the kids, teachers, staff, and disctrict that what goes on in this building matters. It speaks volumes to the neighborhood and community that this place is important.
At the very front, where it looks like parent or bus drop-off, a painted piece declares, “This Is A Sacred Space.” They convinced me.
JDD is a public school located at 3100 Northwest 5th Avenue, Miami, FL 33127