Students at the Cincinnati Arts & Technology Center (CATC) had a productive summer of paint-slinging as they created a mural of local scenes for display at the bigg’s store in Florence, Ky. The mural is the 10th in a series of 11 murals being painted by the students for the supermarket chain in the Tristate area under the guidance of CATC instructor Mike McGuire.
Begun in 2007, the mural collaboration between bigg’s and CATC is one of the center’s initiatives, in affiliation with Cincinnati Public Schools, that uses the arts to motivate at-risk 11th- and 12th-graders to stay in school, graduate and advance to higher learning. The center’s classes resume Sept. 14.
In the photo, McGuire works with CATC students DeMarco Siler of Price Hill and Ta’Eisha Heath of Avondale. Both Siler and Heath are entering the 12th grade.
Other students who participated in the mural program include Antoine Trammel of Evanston, a recent graduate, and Kiyah Brown of Golf Manor, another recent grad who is starting classes this fall at Central State University in Wilberforce, Ohio.