Supporting the Arts – School Mural & In-Class Workshops with Mural Artist
Art has been our passion for many years at King Edward Elementary School. This year we want that passion to be even more visible! We will be hiring local mural artist AJA Louden to lead in-class workshops, empowering our kids as they explore their own identity through art, AND to beautify the Old Strathcona neighbourhood with a gorgeous mural on the west wall (see image below)! This mural will not only be appreciated by our school, but by the Old Strathcona Community, and the thousands more who visit this wonderful neighbourhood each year!
The King Edward Educational Parent Society (KEEPS) is very pleased with its fundraising efforts so far! We now have $12, 000 of the $16,000 for this project. BUT WE NEED YOUR HELP! We still need to raise the remaining $4,000 to realize the final phase of this project: THE SCHOOL MURAL
HELP US RAISE THE TEMP!
ABOUT THE ARTIST
AJA Louden was recently recognized by Distinguished Artist Faye HeavyShield through the Lieutenant Governor of Alberta Arts Awards Foundation. Faye HeavyShield is quoted on the Foundation’s website, describing Louden’s work: “It is what the art reflects that has the most impact..he engages community with such energy. His projects invite the viewer and the public at large to share the lens” artsawards.ca
Please check out AJA Louden’s YouTube video above, where he speaks about the power of murals to transform spaces. You can also check out his Facebook page here: https://www.facebook.com/AJALouden/
Winner of the Random Draw – February 1, 2022
King Edward Educational Parent Society (KEEPS) is happy to announce the winner of the AJA Louden original painting (see painting below) – donated by AJA!
Before we do, we want to thank you again for donating to this unique project for our school. All donors who contributed $20 or more were entered into an online random name chooser by name or initial (wheelofnames.com).
And the winner is…Jessica Nelson! Congratulations!
Check out AJA Louden creating It’s Like a Jungle Sometimes in this YouTube video below:
Discover creativity-infused learning at King Edward Elementary School!
King Edward Elementary is a vibrant community school located in the heart of historic, family-oriented Old Strathcona. Students from Kindergarten to Grade 6 achieve high levels of academic success in an arts-intensive learning environment.
Welcome message from King Edward School Council Chair Jesse Enns Power
We couldn’t be more proud of our little community school in the heart of one of the best neighbourhoods in the city. Parents and guardians (including grandparents, aunties, and uncles etc) play an important role in the health of our school community – inside the classrooms and out. From the creation of a community garden, to the funding of our art’s enrichment program, field trips, and library collection: our school wouldn’t be what it is without the involvement of families and their participation. In this bizarre time, when the community is constrained by health measures, the School Council is exploring new ways to bring our community members together. We are tackling essential issues such as racism, diversity, and inclusion in order to make our school community even better. We want to build relationships with our Indigenous Elders and Knowledge Keepers and learn about the history of this land where our school now sits. We want to strengthen relationships with community partners. Please join us!