September 11, 2017
Funded by the Atwood Foundation and Municipality of Anchorage Solid Waste Services, Anchorage Community Land Trust and the Municipality of Anchorage celebrated the work and energy of the school with a ribbon-cutting ceremony celebrating the new mural. Part of “Keep Fairview Beautiful”, the mural was designed and painted by artist Aurora Sidney-Ando, creating a visual connection with Fairview’s students and the community.
In the spring and summer, students created artwork depicting elements they would like to see included in the mural project. Taking those suggestions, Sidney-Ando shared with students how their artwork inspired her and the names of the students whose drawings were chosen to be part of the final work.
On hand to cut the ribbon were students, parents, Fairview Elementary principal, Dianne Orr, staff, and Anchorage Mayor, Ethan Berkowitz. Celebrating the ingenuity of Fairview’s students, guests were also treated with veggie stew made from the school’s new garden harvest.
The artist also wanted to recognize ASD employees, Darin Hargraves, Senior Director, Maintenance and Operations, and Bryan Stenehjem, supervisor, who coordinated work to seal the mural from possible future weather and graffiti damage. “Both were incredibly helpful,” said Aurora Sidney-Ando.