Textures of Family: Family Court Mural Project, Springfield, Massachusetts, 2016.
The Hampden County Courthouse Probate and Family Court in Springfield, Massachusetts invited students from Springfield Conservatory of the Arts (SCotA) to make murals for the courthouse in Spring of 2016. As the magnet resource teacher for integrating arts, I taught students at both the high school and middle school levels as well as coached teachers on integrating arts across the curriculum. I collaborated with SCotA students in the high school painting/drawing course to make this mural. Students are aware that the Family Court can be a space of distress and rupture for families. It can also mark a time of joy and reunification for some families, and protection for families escaping violence. Students aimed to produce murals that would communicate the complexity of the space, and also provide some visual joy to the visitors to family court. In summer of 2016, these murals were installed at The Hampden County Courthouse Probate and Family Court. Textures of Family is a collaborative mural produced by high school students at Springfield Conservatory of the Arts (SCotA) with the hope that you will see a part of your story of family life in the painting and that we may all learn a little bit more about the multiple ways of being a family.