Fifteen fifth and sixth graders at Harambee Elementary were chosen to participate in the class SPRAYFINGER, where they learned the history of street art and how to spray paint. They worked with artist Peyton Scott Russell, a Minneapolis artist known for painting Prince’s gold star on First Avenue in Minneapolis, and more recently for his black-and-white mural of George Floyd at George Floyd Square. This six-week course culminated in the creation of the mural influenced by the students and painted by Russell. Learn more about Russell's art and process of working with students.
The partnership with artist Peyton Scott Russell is possible through a Turnaround Arts grant, a program of the Kennedy Center supported by the State of Minnesota. Harambee will be doing more projects with Russell after May intersession.