Monday, September 28

SU Ag Center & SHAPE Begin the First Phase of its Art in Public Places Initiative

The completed mural at St. Helena College and Career Academy as part of the SU Ag Center and the St. Helena Advocacy for Parish Enrichment's (SHAPE) Art in Public Places Initiative in the Town of Greensburg.
Baton Rouge, La. – The Southern University Agricultural Research & Extension Center (SUAREC) and the St. Helena Advocacy for Parish Enrichment (SHAPE) are working together to promote the Town of Greensburg’s Art in Public Places Initiative.

The partnership was develop after St. Helena College and Career Academy (SHCCA) students Javier Smith, Shy’Janae Hookfin and former student Gerald Holmes, entered the Art in Public Places Contest earlier this year.  As a result of their participation all students were invited by Mr. Reginald Douglas, the Principal at SHCCA, to paint murals throughout their new school. 

The first phase begun on September 10th and is scheduled to continue throughout the school year under the leadership of Nicolette Gordon, Assistant Area Agent for SUAREC and Jo’el Givens, SHCCA Gifted & Talented Art Teacher. 

“We’re the Hawks, I would like to see a hawk breaking through and soaring out of the clouds,” said Douglas. 

That’s exactly the concept Shy’Janae had in mind as she and Javier worked collectively on a design that would ultimately leave their legacy behind. 

Once the design was drawn on the wall with the help of Gordon and Givens, many students immediately wanted to chip in.  Gerald Holmes even returned back to his Alma Mater to add the finishing touches to, “The Hawk.” 


Story written by Nicolette Gordon, SU Ag Center Youth Development Agent.

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