Quincy Elementary students worked together to paint a mural that represents their school’s history. With the help of Michael Toombs, residency artist at Washburn University, as well as Janie Hanni and Kandy Barker from WU’s Mulvane Art Museum, the students spent two days creating the work of art entitled “I am Quincy.”
Toombs was invited to Topeka as part of the 60th anniversary of the Brown v. Board of Education ruling and was asked to share his talents at Quincy as part of an outreach program. “The goal of the mural was to take images of the old school and the new school…to tell the school’s history and show the creative nature of these young people,” Toombs explained.
Hanni, who is the assistant curator of education at Mulvane, said the entire school took part in the art project. “Every child, from preschool through fifth grade, has painted on this mural, and a lot of the teachers and staff have, too.”