The HEIGHT of Achievement Comes From Building Strong Communities Through Art

Sorority Sisters from Delta Sigma Theta and Creative Nomads at their Community Work Day as part of Arts Every Day’s Impact Fund Project.

It’s almost summer and that means our Impact Fund Projects are in full swing! Last Friday, Dorothy I. Height held their Community Work Day that involved 5th grade students, Creative Nomad artists, and over 20 women from Delta Sigma Theta all gathered to work collectively on paintings and a mural that would commemorate the legacy of the Civil Rights and Women’s Rights Activist who was dedicated to building strong communities through public service.

When schools, community members and organizations get together to support and encourage young students, they are reinforcing the legacy that Dorothy I. Height fought for by working to build stronger neighborhoods through connecting with one another using a creative outlet for expression.

Students work on their own legacy paintings inspired by Dorothy I. Height that will go with the mural that will be displayed within the school.

The HEIGHT of Achievement is a mural and family paint project honoring Dr. Height, the school’s namesake, in collaboration with Creative Nomads, whose mission is to “enhance the professional development of arts entrepreneurs and to provide access to art, music, and cultural education and programming for youth and families.” 

Together, members of Delta Sigma Theta (the sorority Dr. Height belonged to and served as President from 1947-54), 5th grade focused youth, families and teachers will work on a mural that will emphasize the excellence of character, achieving goals, and leaving a legacy. As 5th graders transition to middle school, they now have the opportunity to leave a legacy piece that will live in the halls of the school and remind them that as they move through life they will always have the opportunity to leave behind a legacy.

You can catch the official unveiling and dedication ceremony of the mural on June 1st at Dorothy I. Height Elementary at 12pm!

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