Barclay Elementary/Middle School has made great strides in recent years in terms of improving academic achievement, developing meaningful community partnerships, and meeting the needs of the “whole child”, as identified in Barclay’s mission statement. However, as is the case with most of Baltimore City’s Public Schools, the physical building is in need of some cosmetic updates. Barclay is over 50 years old, and while the school just installed new windows, the outside of the building needs to reflect the vibrant and energetic school climate within the building.
When PNC and The Baltimore Office of Promotion & The Arts announced the Murals & Gardens grant this year, we thought it was a perfect opportunity to achieve these goals. A mosaic project for the front of the school building is something that the school community has been wanting to undertake, and with the help of local Harwood artist Tamara Payne, this project would be able to become a reality. One of the stipulations for this grant was that there be a historical theme for the mosaic, and we decided to take advantage of this to its fullest extent. With the help of Abell resident, historian, and author Jo Ann Robinson, we were able to put together a plan for this mosaic that will include the rich historical backgrounds of Barclay, Abell, Harwood, and Charles Village.
This project will take place over the summer, and we encourage community members to help out with creating the mosaic! If interested, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for details!