'Reading is a Portal (2020)', Aaron Glassman and Celeste Byers
Artists: Aaron Glassman and Celeste Byers Location: 1232 ½ West Gordon Street, across from the entrance to the new Brigadier General Anna Mae Hays Elementary School Description: The mural explores the ideas of books as being a portal to imagination and learning, by featuring imagery of children and the magical worlds they inhabit thanks to reading. The mural’s narrative is inspired by the school’s mission to have all students develop a love of reading and learning. Along with the school’s community liaison Amanda Madae, the artists worked directly with the school’s students via a bilingual online platform in which students shared their favorite books, characters and stories with the artists. The ideas provided by the students were interpreted by the artists and are included in the mural.
Credit: Aaron Glassman and Celeste Byers