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School Mural Instigates Community Pride
email this pageprint this pageemail usBecci Burchett - peacemexico.org
March 31, 2010



Over 100 volunteers worked to transform a wall encircling the Escuela Telesecundaria Niños Heroes de Chapultepec secondary school into a powerful mural. PEACE organized the participants, who ranged from professional artists and teachers to enthusiastic four-year-old hands.
Passers by now notice a fresh coat of paint as they enter the Emiliano Zapata neighborhood, uncovering a new face to a cleaner and brighter community in the village of Punta de Mita. Over one hundred volunteers and students worked to transform a wall encircling the Escuela Telesecundaria Niños Heroes de Chapultepec secondary school into a powerful mural, illustrating the dependence and interaction humans and nature have on each other.

PEACE, a local non-profit, organized the participants, who ranged from professional artists and teachers to enthusiastic four-year-old hands. Two women, Andria Burchett and Wendi Dwyer, traveled from the Chicago area to design and direct the project.

"We wanted to create something simple, positive and meaningful," said Dwyer, an international community artist. "We were able to accomplish that task, but more importantly, build community pride through teamwork and fun. We had a lot of excited green and blue children running around!"

Many pitched in to make the day a success. Twenty pounds of marlin was donated to PEACE by Blue Water Grill in Punta de Mita which was prepared for lunch by Bucerias bed and breakfast owners Nadine & Casey Valkenburg. The team effort from locals and visitors alike made the day successful and impactful.

"This new entrance helps represent the environmental and cultural pride we want to continue developing here," said Molly Fisher, Director and Founder of PEACE. "Not only did we have a really positive day, but the wall will encourage town pride for years to come."
PEACE: Protection, Education, Animals, Culture and Environment, is a nonprofit organization established in 2005, made of four main programs which focus on education, entrepreneurship, animal well-being, and community engagement in the coastal regions of Nayarit, Jalisco and Quintana Roo, Mexico. Through innovative and community based programs, PEACE is working to improve the quality of life in local communities throughout the Bahía de Banderas. For more information, please visit PeaceMexico.org or click HERE to read more about PEACE



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