Mural installation and reception is set for Friday, April 28, 2017 at 2 p.m.

MOUNT PLEASANT, Mich.,– On Friday, April 28 at 2 p.m., the Mt. Pleasant community will celebrate the installation of three 4' x 8' panels titled, "Think, Feel, Do."  The panels, designed to begin a deeper conversation about humanity interacting with the environment, will be located on Mosher Street behind the Art Reach building.   Each panel revolves around the university, city of Mt. Pleasant and its numerous surrounding parks.  

Led by art professor, Dr. Ren Hullender, students in the service-learning course, Impacting Community Through Arts-Based Civic Engagement created these panels.  The course is available to honors students of all majors.  Service-learning courses have been an integral requirement of CMU's Art Education program.  Since 2010, more than 30 arts-based service-learning projects have been completed.

In regards to the project Dr. Hullender shared, "This mural is the unique result of every student's contribution; it is solely researched, designed and painted by them."  He continued, "The arts have a significant economic, cultural, social, personal and environmental impact on communities.   After working on this project it is hoped these students will use what they learned and share how arts-based civic engagement makes a positive difference."

A shared vision and dedication to arts-based civic engagement is one of the many reasons Art Reach and CMU's Art Education program has enjoyed a long-standing partnership. Amy Powell, Executive Director of Art Reach shares, "I'm so thrilled to work, in a truly collaborative effort, with the CMU community and the City of Mt. Pleasant. This has been a great experience that will only add beauty and uniqueness to our community."

Members of the Mt. Pleasant and CMU community are invited to the mural installation at 2 p.m. on Friday, April 28, 2017.   The event will take place on Mosher Street to the north of the Art Reach Building.  A reception will immediately follow in the Art Reach Courtyard. 



Contacts:   Amy Powell, Executive Director Art Reach

                     Dr. Ren Hullender, CMU Department of Art and Design,