‘Los Muertos’: FPG Bilingüe grows colorful roots

From staff reportsNovember 1, 2013 

Frank Porter Graham Bilingüe sprouted colorful roots this week with “Los Muertos” a collaborative artwork between artist Mary Carter Taub and FPG B3 students. This community based artwork, a non-traditional mural made of colorful tape, is timed with El Día de Los Muertos (Day of the Dead) and considers our community’s shared history in the past, present and future.

“Los Muertos” is located in the courtyard next to a tree that serves as a guiding metaphor for the project. Much like the tree, students create the “roots” of the artwork by connecting taped lines to other taped lines to form an interconnected web of roots. “Los Muertos addresses the importance of knowing our roots – where we come from – to better understand where we are going. Each person has a unique story that contributes to our community’s shared history and Los Muertos visually represents this sentiment.

Frank Porter Graham Bilingüe is in its first year as a bilingual (Spanish/English) magnet school in the Chapel Hill/Carrboro school system. More than 500 preK-5th graders are becoming bilingual, biliterate, and developing cultural awareness through dual language education. Extended day opportunities are offered to students for enrichment, homework support, and tutoring. Bilingüe Believers y Beyond, known as B3, currently has more than 50 2nd to 5th graders receiving extended learning from 2:30-3:45 p.m. every Monday-Thursday.


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