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Diversity expressed through new murals

Two schools in North Clackamas unveiled large murals last month, just in time for summer break.

by: PHOTO COURTESY: NCSD - Milwaukie High School's Health and Wellness Center gets a colorful new three-panel mural by professional artist and MHS graduate Chris Haberman.Milwaukie High School’s Health and Wellness Center got a colorful new three-panel mural by professional artist and MHS graduate Chris Haberman. And in another one of the region’s most culturally diverse schools — 12 different languages spoken in student homes — Scouters Mountain Elementary students found a way to celebrate their diversity by creating a set of large murals depicting their many countries of origin.

Scouters Mountain

by: PHOTO COURTESY: NCSD - Scouters Mountain Elementary students celebrate their diversity by creating a set of large murals depicting their many countries of origin.Supported by their previous $1,000 cash award from Winter Wonderland’s Children’s Art Contest and supplies from Miller Paint, the students created an artistic rendition of two continents with cultural features of the countries represented. The first half of the project — North, Central and South America — was completed in time for the last day of classes.

Principal Karen Rush credited fourth- and fifth-grade teacher Julie Budeau with bringing the project to fruition and helping kids have fun together.

“She had the idea to kind of create the world, and next year she plans to do the Eastern Hemisphere if she can get grant funding,” Rush said. “Donations of materials are always welcome from the public.”

The younger students got to participate by filling in the broader strokes of the countries, while the older students came up with ideas for symbols to represent the nations and filled in the details, such as the polar bear on Greenland.

“They really encouraged the kids to have fun with the project, and they all worked together,” Rush said.

Milwaukie High

At a gathering celebrating the installation of the MHS mural, Haberman said he was grateful for the opportunity to give back to his alma mater. He spoke fondly of past teachers and reminisced about taking wood shop in the space that is now the Health and Wellness Center.

His mural liberally uses the maroon and gold school colors — along with a cacophony of other colors, textures and details to pay homage to the high school, student life and the city.

Haberman is a nationally known artist who’s installed more than 20 murals and completed more than 10,000 individual artworks. Co-owner of a Pioneer Place gallery called the Peoples Art of Portland, he has been featured on Oregon Public Broadcasting’s “Oregon Art Beat” and is known for giving back to the local community.

Milwaukie High’s Health and Wellness Center opened last year to offer medical, dental and mental health services to all students attending MHS and Milwaukie Academy of the Arts. All services are free of charge, or insurance can be billed.



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