Thanks to a grant from SEK Art Fest, students in the Department of Art got hands-on experience creating outdoor murals and elementary students got bright, eye-catching crosswalks.

The project, led by Art Chair James Oliver, added artwork to crosswalks at Pittsburg School District’s four elementary schools. University students designed the murals and did the prep work, then engaged and interacted with elementary students while the murals were in progress.

“We were very excited when Professor Oliver submitted his application,” said Jenna Spencer, who heads up SEK Art Fest and is a 2015 graduate of the Art Department. “This project not only supplies our community with incredible art, but it also serves as a way to bring awareness, and through that, safety, to the busy cross walks by the elementary schools.”

The project was done in cooperation with the City of Pittsburg.