Challenger School

Community Bands Together to Beautify School, Celebrate Art


Dual Immersion Academy (DIA), a bilingual Spanish immersion school in the Glendale neighborhood of Salt Lake City has been undergoing a makeover. Artist Roger Whiting from Community Arts of Utah stepped in as a volunteer and teamed up with Craft Lake City to put together a large mosaic project for the school. The 9-by-50 foot work was designed in April with the sixth-through-eighth grade social studies classes of Ms. Desirae Pauga. The theme of the mural is “Los Padres: Maestros de valores para el exito”, or “Parents: Teachers of values that lead to success”. The project came together on fiberglass mesh during Craft Lake City’s DIY Festival in mid-August. Over a hundred people have pitched in to assemble the tiles that make up the mural. Supplies for the project were provided by Home Depot (West Valley City), Habitat for Humanity ReStore, and Community Arts of Utah.

This Thursday Whiting will unveil the completed mural at a Spanish-language Family Art Night sponsored by the Salt Lake City Arts Council. It will feature a lecture on Mexican art history presented by accomplished speaker Renato Olmedo-González from Artes de Mexico en Utah and a mosaic art workshop by Whiting. Each family attending will leave with a finished work of mosaic art to keep. The event is free and open to the public.


Location: Dual Immersion Academy 1155 S Glendale Dr Salt Lake City, UT
Date: Thursday, October 22, 2015
Time: 6:30-8:00pm
For more details contact: Roger Whiting (801) 707-3580


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