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    Saturday, August 13, 2022

    ISAAC art class visits New London mural

    Naomi Colon, 13, is lifted up in the air by friends as they practice a cheerleading routine Wednesday, May 18, 2022, as eighth grade students from the Interdistrict School for Arts & Communication visit the new mural at Fulton Park in New London. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

    New London — Eighth grade students from Interdistrict School for Arts & Communication in New London visited the new mural at Fulton Park on Wednesday.

    During the field trip, the students met with artist Marvin Espy and added their own touches by coloring the steps with chalk and writing quotes and names that are important to them. Some of the quotes were from Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. and students chose the names of George Floyd, who was killed by Minneapolis police in 2020, and others important to the Black Lives Matter movement.

    The New London Sister Mural has a theme of "Navigation & Safety" and will feature three figures from various times throughout New London's history. It is part of an ongoing project by the nonprofit Public Art for Racial Justice Education, or PARJE, which is based in Old Lyme. The project will install five murals, in Old Lyme, New London, Old Saybrook, Norwich and East Lyme, to transform public spaces with an emphasis on history and education.

    The mural at Fulton Park, which is off of Water Street at Crystal Avenue, will be officially unveiled during an event featuring remarks, music and history at 2 p.m. on Sunday, May 22.

    Naomi Colon, 13, is lifted up in the air by friends as they practice a cheerleading routine Wednesday, May 18, 2022, as eighth grade students from Interdistrict School for Arts & Communication visit the new mural at Fulton Park in New London. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
    Zujeily Colon, 14, works on painting a block of color Wednesday, May 18, 2022, as eighth grade students from Interdistrict School for Arts & Communication visit the new mural at Fulton Park in New London. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
    Gloriany Baez, 14, works on coloring the stairs with chalk Wednesday, May 18, 2022, as eighth grade students from Interdistrict School for Arts & Communication visit the new mural at Fulton Park in New London. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
    Analia Hernandez, 13, works on coloring the stairs with chalk Wednesday, May 18, 2022, as eighth grade students from Interdistrict School for Arts & Communication visit the new mural at Fulton Park in New London. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)
    Friends, from left, Zobaida Elenemair, 14, Roselyn Flores, 13, and Alina Guzman, 14, use chalk to color stairs Wednesday, May 18, 2022, as eighth grade students from Interdistrict School for Arts & Communication visit the new mural at Fulton Park in New London. (Sarah Gordon/The Day)

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