Monday, October 8, 2018

Maclay Artists Donate Patriotic Art For Community Outreach At Tallahassee National Cemetery

Our Maclay Art Department was contacted about donating art work. And, look where this project took us! See below. I am very appreciative for those that helped put this into place. We had a variety of art that was used with students from multi-divisions. What a great community out reach. We had lots of moving pieces, but it all came together!

Walking into the main building on the grounds of the National Cemetery, one of the first things visitors will now notice is a display case filled with art.
Reds, whites and blues dominate the images of flags, soldiers, a peace sign and messages of support for the troops. Every piece was made and donated by middle and high school students from Maclay School.
"It’s important to keep community involvement and being an art teacher and loving art, I like doing it in art heavy ways," said upper school art teacher Kyle Maurey. "It’s important to show the students that they can do a lot of different things to help beautify the area and connect in different ways to their community."
Students in art classes, graphic design classes, in the national art honor society and from the school participated. One piece, an eagle with its wings spread in front of an American flag, was donated by two students. It's flanked by two American flag collages completed by art class students when they had spare time in class. 

One is an American flag made of digital flowers. Senior Lucy Smith made it in her graphic design class.
"Everybody took it in a different direction, but it’s a great opportunity for students to express ourselves for the greater good," the 17-year-old said. "It’s a really great way to honor our troops because I know that it’s easy to get weighed down."
More than 50 students contributed. They've been receptive of the project, Maurey said. 
"They’ve really liked creating something they know is going to help beautify a public area," she said. "They really like to know that it’s something to maybe lift spirits when it's not such a bright time in people’s lives."

The decision to partner with the school was an easy one for Director Raymond Miller and others at the cemetery on Apalachee Parkway. The display case is seen by visitors before services and where staff's offices are located.  
"The uniqueness of the National Cemetery is we want people to be involved here. We want people to make this their cemetery," he said. "Now, they (the students) have a place where they can say, ‘my artwork is on display.’ Who knows what that will mean for the future."
The 250-acre cemetery opened in 2015. It is designed to accommodate more than 83,000 burials of veterans and their family members. 
Contact Ashley White at or on Twitter @AshleyyDi. 
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And, I will leave you with this....Amazing and Inspiring!

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