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Art installation captures essence of Parish community

Written by Amanda Arnold
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Making The Parish School Collaborative Art ProjectA new collaborative art piece has added a stunning pop of color to the walls of The Parish School’s administrative building. Made entirely of donated and recycled materials, elementary students and staff each created a ring that when placed together, represents the individuals that make up the school as a whole.

“Our goal was to take something ordinary and grow it into a beautiful piece of art to represent the Parish community,” said Chantel McAhren, Art Educator/Therapist.

This creative and relaxing project lent students the opportunity to build on skills like planning, problem solving, fine motor development and hand-eye coordination. It has taken about a month to complete, but Chantel, as well as Parish students and staff, couldn’t be happier with the result.

The piece, made of cardboard paper towel rolls that have been wrapped with ribbons, fabrics, pipe cleaners and lace, has been wired together into the shape of a tree. The assorted colors and textures create a vibrant visualization of what our community can create when working together.

About The Parish School: Since 1983, The Parish School has educated children ages 2-12 who have communication delays and learning differences, empowering them with the tools to succeed. This nationally recognized, special needs school in Houston provides an education for the entire family within the environment of a nurturing and safe 17-acre campus with on-site pediatric therapy clinic, The Carruth Center. Our personalized academic approach – with a focus on communication skills, social learning, nature, independence and the arts – allows children to thrive and grow.

Final Collaborative Art Piece

Collaborative art project displayed in the administrative building