As you walk along Main Street over the next few months, you might notice some new banners hanging from the light poles. These banners, proudly designed by students at Maryland, Cassingham, and Montrose Elementary Schools, represent one of the core pillars of any community: a connection to local business. This project was in collaboration with 50 local businesses in the Bexley area community.
“[The art teachers] wanted to bring more student voices and art in the community, as well as support our local businesses in and around Bexley.” Said Cassingham Elementary School Art Teacher Ben Pinciotti. “This project was a great way to support that and introduce students to some of what Bexley has to offer.”
The teachers who led this project – Ben Pinciotti, Emily Reiser, and Lisa Viney – were intentional about the experience they created for their students. The project gave every 5th grade student a glance into what it’s like to work with a client in a graphic design setting. Students took on roles they may not always get during school and were challenged to learn something new. They developed leadership skills, interview techniques, graphic design, problem solving, video, and more. By displaying the artwork throughout the city, it allowed students to leave their mark and see themselves as a valuable asset to the community.
This project would not have been possible without support from the Bexley Education Foundation, our talented art teachers and students, and Columbus Sign Company. One student-artist said, “This feels like real life. There isn’t a single right or wrong answer and it’s up to us to figure it out.” As we start to wind down summer and say hello to another school year, there’s an incoming 6th grader out there to thank for the new experience on Main Street!