St. Louis-based artist, Cbabi Bayoc, is coming to Parkview High School September 8-17th, 2021, for an artist residency resulting in a mural that is representative of today’s PHS Community. We would like to welcome Cbabi by having all of the supplies and his meals paid for upon his arrival.
- Need Represented: Schools are the epicenter of communities and should reflect its members. Having a mural that reflects this will serve as a symbol of inclusion for all students who walk by it daily and families who see it outside of school hours for generations to come. Underrepresented students who have the chance to work with Cbabi Bayoc will know that being an artist is a possibility for them. Students who are from well-represented groups will have an introduction to perspectives and experiences different than their own. These students will go on to be inspired to create change within their community that builds people up and brings them together.
- Academic Impact: Including students in the process of creating public art for the betterment of their community will allow them to development leadership, critical thinking, and problem solving skills. It is very important for students to have ownership over this project that is supposed to represent them. Through allowing their ideas and input while facilitating the execution it will teach them real life skills they will be able to use in their community for a lifetime.
- Student Population: According to DESE, 62% of Parkview's students are on Free or Reduced Lunch. The racial/ethnic make up of PHS is 67% White, 13% Black, 11% Hispanic or Latino, 5% multiple races, 2%Asian, 1.5% Native American, 0.5% Pacific Islander.