Savannah-Chatham County Public School System

SCAD SERVE Debuts “Paint Our Parks” Initiative in Savannah

Published on: 12/15/2022


Savannah College of Art & Design unveiled its first Savannah project in the “Paint our Parks” initiative of the SCAD SERVE program.   Paint Our Parks is a unique university initiative envisioned by SCAD President and Founder Paula Wallace focused on serving the citizens of Savannah and Atlanta through the creativity, expertise, and altruism of SCAD’s supremely talented network of students and alumni.  Since the initiative launched in fall 2021, five playgrounds, basketball courts, and other recreational spaces have been painted in Atlanta.  The playground mural at Coastal Middle School marks the first for Savannah.

"This SCAD SERVE initiative comprises our sixth SCAD POP transformation, and we’re not finished yet, because in 2023, SCAD is bringing transformative outdoor art to FIVE more middle school playgrounds in the Savannah Chatham-County School System. SCAD POP never stops!” said Wallace.
SCAD alumnae Peach Tao designed the mural, using Coastal Middle School's vibrant yellow and grounding navy brand colors to unify geometric design elements inspired by native American tribes in Georgia—the Cherokee and Creek peoples. Tao was present at the reveal to share her inspiration for the design and to speak on why this program and this particular project means so much to her. “I have witnessed the power of community-centered public art, how elevated design instills joy and hope and creates a connection between passersby and the creatives involved in the mural installation,” said Tao. "I'm proud, excited, and grateful to create this design and contribute my skills to an initiative as positive as SCAD POP!”

“SCAD has given our students and our community the most amazing gift - a gift that combines art, joy, and play.  The SCAD POP team transformed what was an eye soar of an outdoor space into a work of art,” said principal Allison Schuster-Jones.  “Our Parent Teacher Student Association has been working to beautify the space for years, but SCAD swept in and worked their magic as only they can.  Our students, families, and community will enjoy this amazing spot for years to come.  Thank you SCAD!”

SCCPSS is grateful for the generous donations of resources and services for the beautification of our public learning and recreation facilities.   
To see more pictures of the Paint Our Parks project at Coastal Middle School, click here.  

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