Art with a Purpose

Globe University-Appleton Service Learning project focuses on painting a mural for a youth audience

By Amanda Loewen
Photos by Shawn Fredrick & Amanda Loewen

Shawn Fredrick’s Art in the Modern World students went above and beyond when asked to paint a mural for B.A.B.E.S., Inc. of Appleton, Wisconsin. B.A.B.E.S., Inc. is a child abuse prevention program which helps support families in four surrounding counties. Respite services are available to parents who are experiencing high levels of stress or anxiety, and as a result need a safe and stable place for their children.

Focusing on modern children’s artwork, the students planned the
mural from start to finish. They made certain that the design selected appealed to the youth audience served by the organization. It incorporated bright colors and shapes. At the site, students learned about the importance of size, perspective, and color while learning about the importance of outreach to our local community.

Student Sally Wouters enjoyed the experience stating that
“This was a wonderful opportunity. It was fun to be creative and do something for the community.” Student Debra Heyrman also reflected on the process. “This project has been one big effort from the beginning, with everyone participating whether it be with the planning or the actual painting itself.” Regarding Fredrick, her instructor, Debra said “We could have not pulled off this project without him.”

In the end, the Globe-Appleton students turned a dull, dark concrete block wall into a whirlwind of color for many children to enjoy. According to B.A.B.E.S. Executive Director, Dr. G. Manns, “The children are going to be so excited when they see it! It is beautiful.”