Lyndale Community School teamed up with Lyndale Neighborhood Association and muralist Greta McLain to create a mural for the school's exterior walls during the 2015-2016 school year. The project, funded by a Minnesota State Arts board grant, brought together Lyndale students, parents and staff, along with community members, to envision, design and create the mural together. The final mural covers the large wall facing the playground, close to the main entrance on 34th and Pleasant. Three smaller images are over the school entrances on Grand Avenue and Pleasant Avenue. The Lyndale Community School mural reflects the history and culture of the school and neighborhood, and our dynamic, vibrant and multicultural identity.
The Lyndale Mural Project website
You can find details about the mural project and mural events as well as many photos at the Lyndale Mural Project website, at: https://lyndalemuralproject.wordpress.com
The Lyndale Mural Project spanned nearly two years – from idea to planning to grant-writing, from community input to mural design, from painting in the classrooms to community painting parties to painting in the mural studio and installation. A heartfelt thank you to the many, many, many it took to make it from start to finish, including:
- Lyndale Community School students, staff, teachers, volunteers, and families, 2015-2016, Principal Renee James, Art Teacher Leann Walker, Laura Flynn, Carrie Seib, Give to the Max Day donors, and the Lyndale PTO
- The Lyndale Neighborhood Association, Executive Director Brad Bourn, and Associate Director Aryca Myers
- Muralist Greta McLain and the GoodSpace Murals team, including lead assistants Jacqui Rosenbush and Claudia Valentino; crew members Eamonn McLain, Samie Johnson, Vivi Grieco, Lamia Abukhadra and Betto Limon; community interns Lucy Starhia, Penelope Onsrud, Summer Bordon, Mohamed Hassan and Michael Nguyen
- The many community organizations involved in design events and painting parties, including the Somali Museum, Youth Farm, Painter Park (Minneapolis Parks and Recreation) the Roe Family Singers, Zion Church and the Lyndale Community Dinner, Cooking Matters (University of Minnesota), and all of the volunteers and community members who participated in these events
- Thanks to Clyde Kane – MPS Facilities, Nora Schull – MPS Arts, and Minneapolis Public Schools, for supporting this project
- And thank you to the Minnesota State Arts Board, without whose financial support this project would not have been possible.