Ephrata High School students are taking their artwork beyond the walls of the classroom as part of a collaborative project between the Ephrata Development Organization (EDO), Millersville University, and the Pennsylvania Council on the Arts.
In conjunction with the revitalization efforts of EDO, students are working with Katie Trainer, a regional award-winning muralist, to create seven murals to be displayed in the Whistle Stop Plaza. Students collaboratively brainstormed ideas before deciding on a theme that will incorporate a variety of sights seen when traveling on a train, a theme fitting for the former Ephrata train station where the murals will be displayed.
Over 30 Ephrata High School students and four teachers are seeing the entire project through completion, from cutting and priming the wood panels to sketching, painting, and displaying the murals. Additionally, Ms. Trainer has been meeting with students in all art classes to inspire creativity, share her expertise, and offer feedback.
“As a District, we are always looking for opportunities for our students to connect their talents, interests, and passions with what they learn in school. This project is a perfect example that will be highly visible in our community; we are so excited to be part of it. We look forward to continued opportunities to partner in our community, which will let everyone see what our students can do when they are authentically challenged,” said Dr. Brian Troop, Superintendent.
The unveiling of the murals will take place on Friday, October 26 at Whistle Stop Plaza where a pop-up art gallery will be incorporated to give attendees and opportunity to create their own artwork. Additional details are still being finalized.