Our Pilot Project Scores Some Illustrations by Scavo Students

Water mural by Open Arts students at Scavo Alternative High School

Water conservation mural by Open Arts students at Scavo Alternative High School

If you have a chance to drive by the Green & Main Pilot Project, you should! And not just to see the building at 800 19th Street. Take a look at the impressive art murals currently displayed at the site. These seven 3’ x 5’ panels were created by students from Open Arts at Scavo Alternative High School here in Des Moines.

The students of Scavo started researching the Sherman Hill neighborhood area about four years ago, interviewing people in the neighborhood and getting a sense of the area’s history. Part of the curriculum at Scavo is “Service Learning” or engaging with the community — studying and building a relationship with the community’s natural environment.

The Green & Main Pilot Project was the impetus for the art students to tell their story of sustainability. The murals on display at the site are like windows showing history as they explore different scenes that support the ideas of preservation and community.

It’s been refreshing to see the cars on 19th Street slowing down to look at our unique murals.

See more photos of these colorful murals in this photo gallery »


– Sara Crouse is a writer and marketing strategist who lives in Des Moines, Iowa.


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