Creativity, the celebration of artistry and the open skies of the west are all themes in Cocopah Middle School’s new outdoor mural created last week.
The three-dimensional mural was created by artist Keith Blum and his assistant Kelly Wood and was dedicated at a ceremony attended by staff, teachers and students on Friday, Feb. 27, according to a press release.
It is a painting within a painting and depicts two children creating a mural of a desert landscape. The children in it are Cocopah students Cammie Hundelt and James Link, who assisted Blum in the creation of the mural, the release states.
“This mural is all about inspiring creativity,” said Mr. Blum, who lives in Palm Springs, Calif. “I do this for a living but I always want to give back. My way of giving back is anything that helps the kids, inspires kids.”
The mural was painted on the exterior wall of a Cocopah building that houses an electrical room and is adjacent to the art room. School staff chose the location because it’s a high-traffic area for students and staff and is partially visible from the parking lot.
Mr. Blum and Ms. Wood donated their services to Cocopah. The costs of their travel and paint supplies will be covered by the upcoming auction of several chairs painted by Cocopah students.
More information about Keith Blum can be found at his website at www.keithblum.com.
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