Mural tour promotes art in Detroit area schools

The Detroit News

A Metro Detroit artist kicked off an initiative Thursday aimed at promoting arts education and encouraging students to pursue excellence in area schools.

Above: Artist Curtis Lewis uses his murals to illustrate his presentation at Beech Elementary Wednesday in Redford Township.

During a visit to Beech Elementary School in Redford Township, Curtis Lewis displayed murals he painted of President Barack Obama and former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, a Demcratic presidential candidate. Lewis, school officials and Michigan Democratic Party Vice Chairwoman Nancy Quarles also addressed students.

“Exposing children to images and stories of excellence are vital to their success and are an investment in our children and society as a whole,” said Lewis. “Art is meant to inspire us to be fearless and make a positive difference in the world.”

Fifth grader Jamari Obannon checks out one of the murals by artist Curtis Lewis at Beech Elementary school in Redford Twp., May 11, 2016. The assembly was part of a tour to promote art in lower-income Detroit area schools.

Other schools included in the “Be Inspired” tour are Redford Learning Academy, a township charter school, and three schools in Detroit: MacKenzie Elementary-Middle School, Chrysler Elementary School and Detroit Service Learning Academy.

Lewis’ publishing company, World Class Icon LLC, hopes to raise $15,000 to distribute 5,000 coloring books that include images of Obama and Clinton to Metro Detroit students.

Right: Curtis Lewis’ presentation to Beech Elementary students was part of a tour to promote art in Detroit area schools.