Savannah-Chatham County Public School System

SCAD SERVE takes "Paint Our Parks" to Southwest Middle School

Published on: 1/11/2024
Southwest Middle School Basketball Court

Since December 2023, SCAD SERVE students, faculty, and staff have been working on a mural on the basketball court of Southwest Middle School as a part of the "Paint Our Parks" (POP) initiative. The mural was presented to students, faculty, and staff at Southwest Middle School on Thursday, January 11th, 2024. This is the largest POP project SCAD SERVE has completed to date. 

Paula Wallace, the founder and president of SCAD, created Paint Our Parks, a unique university initiative that aims to serve the communities of Savannah and Atlanta by utilizing the ingenuity, knowledge, and generosity of SCAD's extraordinarily gifted student and alumni body. Six playground murals have been painted in Savannah since the initiative's inception in the fall of 2021.  The first playground mural in the Savannah region was created at Coastal Middle School in the fall of 2022. 

Southwest Middle School Dean of Students Dr. Nikki Jackson said, "On behalf of Southwest Middle School, I would like to share our deepest gratitude to the SCAD POP initiative. This work of public art transforms and uplifts not only our school community, it also connects our school to the world. Our Eagles are perched high in the sky awaiting take off, and our SCAD POP mural will further guide Southwest Middle School scholars, families, and community to higher heights as a space for togetherness, exploration, conversation, and especially learning."


The Paint Our Parks initiative was developed as a partnership between Savannah-Chatham County Public Schools and the Savannah College of Art and Design.  SCCPSS is grateful for the generous donations of resources and services for the beautification of our learning sites


To see more pictures of the Paint Our Parks project at Southwest Middle School, click here​.

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