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West Orange High School Collaborates with Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center and West Orange Arts Council to Create Pride Mural

WEST ORANGE, NJ - West Orange High School art students painted a "Celebrate Pride" mural at the Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center (OSPAC) on June 18.

The effort was a collaboration between West Orange High School, the Oskar Schindler Performing Arts Center, and the West Orange Arts Council, who provided the pizza. West Orange Superintendent of Schools Dr. Scott Cascone even stopped by to join in the painting.

West Orange resident, OSPAC board member, WOAC board member, and West Orange Special Education Parents Advisory Committee (WOSEPAC) Chair Gina Velazquez organized the event and received donated paint and supplies from Liquitex and Windsor & Newton.

"I was eager for the West Orange Public Schools to use the OSPAC space, began Velazquez, "so after coming up with the idea, getting approval and support from appropriate people, we made it happen with an interactive mural celebrating Pride."

WOHS Art teachers Heather Young and Nicole Krulik and WOAC council members Booey McBooerson and Aron Lifschultz worked with Velazquez. 

The team will be back at OSPAC from 3:00-6:00 on June 20 to finish the mural, which is comprised of blocks that can be wired and hung together. The goal is to create an itinerant work can be exhibited in several locations. The community is invited to join in the painting on the 20. 


Pride Mural

Students paint the Pride Mural.

Pride Mural

A rendering of the completed mural.

Pride Mural

(L-R) Booey McBooerson, Gina Velazquez, Jamie Podhurst, Dr. Cascone, Heather Young, Nicole Krulik, Aron Lifschultz.

Cynthia Cumming
June 18, 2021