PMSA Students Create Holiday Artwork In Maywood Park

Monday, December 18, 2017 || By Community Editor || @maywoodnews 

Featured image: PMSA students during the Dec. 5 unveiling of their holiday windows on display in Burton Park in Maywood. | Courtesy District 209 

Proviso Township residents converged on Burton Park, at the corner of 15th Ave. and Washington Blvd., in Maywood, on Dec. 5 to unveil the Maywood Park District’s Christmas Holiday Windows, an exhibit created by Proviso Math and Science Academy students.

“The Maywood Park District Christmas Holiday Windows exhibit allows me to collaborate with art students from our local schools to showcase their work through our seasonal art exhibits,” said Dawn Williams-Rone, the president of the Maywood Park District Board of Commissioners.

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Dawn Williams-Rone, Kathleen Maltese and author Jason Porath during the Dec. 5 unveiling of the holiday windows display in Maywood. | Courtesy District 209 

“This project shows our youth that there is a bigger world outside of their community through reading and art,” she said. “My goal is to inspire students to explore different authors and literature and to give them opportunities to collaborate with their communities.”

Williams-Rone collaborates with the village of Maywood each year to organize the “Bringing Books to Life Series,” part of the village’s Christmas Holiday Window Project. Earlier this year, Williams-Rone asked author Jason Porath if she could use his book, Rejected Princesses, as inspiration for the students to create work to display.

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Featured image: PMSA officials in front of one of the holiday windows the students created. | Courtesy District 209 

Porath, a former DreamWorks animator, readily agreed and even showed up to the unveiling. PMSA visual arts instructor Kathleen Maltese incorporate the holiday windows project into her students’ curriculum.

The students worked with cardboard to bring Porath’s images to life through their own eyes.

“My favorite part of this project was painting it and seeing it come to life,” said one PMSA art student.

Dr. Bessie Karveles, PMSA’s principal, said the exhibit allowed students the opportunity to “reflect on the author’s purpose as they created artistic illustrations for the book. Thank you to Maywood Park District and Ms. Williams-Rone for hosting this artistic event.”

“The event gave us an excellent opportunity to connect with our community and highlight the phenomenal work of our students,” said PMSA’s assistant principal, Bill Breisch. “We are so proud of the art they produced and the connection they were able to make with our community partners in Maywood.” VFP

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