Richmond's Clay Park Receives New Mural from Jane Long Elementary School Art Club Children
Two members of the Richmond Parks and Recreation Board, Pat Pittman and Barbara Johnson, were instrumental in organizing the painting of a new mural at Clay Park. Clay Park had a mural which faded and they asked local arts activist, Allehseya Hawk, about restoring the murals. Ms. Hawk suggested painting a new mural with the children who enjoy the park within the community.
Janis Knuckols, the art teacher for Jane Long Elementary was contacted to assist with the mural. A contest was created for mural ideas for the park from the children who are part of Jane Long Elementary School’s Art Club. Out of all the submissions, seven ‘finalists’ were chosen. Out of those finalists, the Richmond Parks and Recreation Board selected the winning design by Angel Miranda.
The painting of the mural began on Memorial Day weekend 2018 and was completed on Labor Day weekend with the children of Jane Long Elementary School. Local artists, Suzanne Sylverston, Kimberley Clelland, Nina Struthers and Allehseya Hawk assisted in various stages including creating a large scale version of the design to attach to a hopscotch game at Clay Park. And the inspiration continues as the children of Jane Long Elementary Art Club envision future projects for their community park!
Back row: Elizabeth Martinez in front of Commissioner Barry Beard, Angel Miranda, Diego Rojas, Ryan Ricklefson, Abigail Ricklefson, Cesar Alanis, City Manager Terri Vela
Front row: Eduardo Huerta, Yvonne Rojas, Andy Gonzales, Sofia Rojas
(Missing students: Xiomara Hinojosa, Ian Paniagua, Michelle Paniagua, Ariana Alas, Yaqueline Morales, and Carolaine Villarreal.