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Southwood Center awarded grant to fund unique art project

A newly created mural using recycled plastic caps will welcome visitors to the Southwood Early Learning Center thanks to a Metro Regional Implementation Project PBIS (positive behavioral interventions & supports) grant.

Mica Lee Anders (left) explains the project to Southwood preschool students (L-R) Abdimajid Mohamed, Seth Peterson, Rayyan Muhammad, Cabdilqaliq Mohamed and Azucena Montesinos Lopez.
More than 225 students and 60 staff members created the mural out of plastic caps and other items under the guidance of artist-in-residence Mica Lee Anders.
 
The $2,000 grant funded the residency in partnership with Compas, an organization of teaching artists that partner with schools to provide unique arts education opportunities.
 
 “We were looking for ways to create community across our programs,” said Southwood PBIS coach Rachel Page. “This mural symbolizes our unity with each other and with the district, and working on it helped reinforce the positive behaviors we’re always encouraging in our students.”

Preschool student Caleb Mack glues a cap to the mural.
Mica Lee Anders helps preschool student Britleigh Strand place a cap on the mural.