WVXU: Summer art program adds murals at 2 local schools

DAAP interns liven up spaces where students learn and grow

Coverage by WVXU highlights the work of interns from the University of Cincinnati's College of Design, Architecture, Art and Planning (DAAP) who are working with Heartfelt Tidbits, a local program that helps refugees and immigrants get on their feet.

The interns painted upbeat murals at two area Cincinnati schools: The Academy of World Languages (AWL) in Evanston and Rising Stars pre-school in Carthage.

"We work with kids every day and we wanted to design things that are going to speak to them on their level, so we used really bright colors; we did some positive affirmations in the bathroom; and really simple shapes," says Hannah Spitzer, a rising fourth year student majoring in fine arts who plans to become a teacher.

Besides the art, Heartfelt Tidbits says the interns also provide social and academic enrichment activities with students at both schools. Spitzer has interned teaching art at Rising Stars Carthage, too. There she got to work with 10-15 students per class, providing art programs not regularly provided, she says.

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Featured image at top of mural provided by Heartfelt Tidbits.

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