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Mural, Mural on the Wall! Broadmor Art Masterpiece Program Kicks-Off School Mural Project

Post Date:02/13/2020 1:49 PM

Two people posing in front of mural at schoolBroadmor Elementary is thrilled to announce a unique mural which is currently being painted on their school building. Funded jointly by the City of Tempe and the Broadmor Parent Teacher Association, the mural celebrates student life, showcasing annual events and daily endeavors that make Broadmor so special. 

Local Artist Jake Early and Broadmor Art Masterpiece Coordinator Callen Shutters have both taken the lead on planning this unique project which is sure to bring a lot of joy to the school community. Taking place on the school building’s east-facing wall, the mural will be visible to students every day as they play on the playground and walk to the school library.

“The mural represents the unique events and programs that are integral to the students and community of Broadmor Elementary,” explained Shutters. “Watching the mural spring to life will be a learning experience that won't be forgotten!”

Early and Shutters have worked as a team for many months to work out every detail of the mural including selecting the best wall and location, touring other murals, trying out different subjects and ideas, and finding funding and support.

Some of the details on the mural include a nod to the school’s annual Kindergarten Rodeo, started by retired Broadmor Kindergarten Teacher Irene Jacoby in 1981 and going strong ever since. The mural includes the iconic stick horse which commemorates the rodeo theme of the event. 

Another long-held tradition that is represented on the mural is a vinyl record which symbolizes Hoodstock Festival of Arts and Music. Hoodstock is Broadmor’s spring community festival celebrating art, music, and the school garden. Hoodstock features student performances, hands on arts activities, an artisan market, raffle prizes, and food trucks. Hoodstock was started in 2008 by a former Broadmor parent and Hoodlums Music Owner Steve Wiley. As a grass-roots effort by Hoodlums Records, local bands, and the store’s shopping plaza, neighbors helped raise money for Broadmor Elementary School. In 2014, Wiley sadly passed away and the festival is now hosted at the school and organized by volunteer parents and the PTA. You can read more about how Hoodstock started here.

Final expected production of Broadmor mural with school name“These details bring the mural to life and would not have been possible without the efforts of countless people going back many, many years,” said Shutters. “We really wanted the mural to celebrate life at Broadmor from the past, present, and future.”

Shutters has been a parent volunteer at Broadmor for eight years, and the Art Masterpiece Coordinator for three of those years. Both Shutters and Early also have children who are currently students at Broadmor Elementary. Early’s son, third-grade student Pippin, stopped by to say hi to his dad and also added a word about what he thought of the new mural.

“I’m excited about the mural and I think that it will turn out great!”

Most of the painting will take place this weekend, February 15-17 and continue on February 18-21 when students return from the Presidents Day holiday so that they can see the work in progress, ask questions, and learn from the experience. 

Broadmor Elementary will be hosting a dedication ceremony for the mural on Friday, March 6 at 1:50 p.m. and welcomes all who are interested in seeing the mural in person. Stay tuned for a timelapse video of the mural being painted!