Disabled students create mural in Bloomfield – The Oakland Press

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In mid-June, a large, multicolored mural will hang in a school in Bloomfield created by a special group of students.

Detroit artist Hubert Massey and photographer S. Kay Young recently worked with a group of young adults with disabilities in a 25-week series created by the Michigan Arts Access Artist-in-Residency program.

The program is run in several of the state’s “centered” special education programs in the middle school district system.

Bloomfield PREP students went on field trips to find art and learned how to take photos with their phones in different Detroit locations.

Students painted shapes on their own 2-by-4-foot canvases, cut them out, and worked together to create a mural. Massey outlined these shapes and then began the tile work which was glued into the design.

They came up with a final creation of six 2-by-2-foot panels weighing 30 pounds each.

The collaboration on the mural that will hang permanently at Bloomfield PREP School, a post-secondary education program for young adults ages 18-26 with developmental and physical disabilities.

Young also worked with students on photographic techniques and how to tell a story using images.

“We visited Hubert Massey’s studio and several of his murals around the city, as well as my large scale ‘Fish’ photograph in Huntington Place. In addition to documenting the creation of the mural, our talented students took incredible self-portraits,” said S. Kay Young.

Artists, students, teachers and parents will review the mural and photographs during a special celebration on Wednesday, May 18 at 10:30 a.m. at the Hawk Community Center located at 29995 W. Twelve Mile Road in Farmington Hills.

The Cultural Arts Division of the City of Farmington Hills Department of Special Services coordinates cultural arts programs for the Farmington Hills/Farmington community through classes, events, and activities. For more information, visit https://www.fhgov.com/play,-explore-learn/arts-culture

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