Artist Joyce Raimondo is putting paint on the walls at John M. Marshall Elementary School in East Hampton, in conjunction with the after school program Project Most, to wipe out bullying. Artist, children’s book author, and Founding Director of Imagine That! Art Education, Raimondo has been working her way across the Hamptons and North Fork bringing her positive message of unity to children at Aquebogue Elementary School, Riverhead High School, and Bridgehampton among others.
The colorful collaboration at John M. Marshall began with a poster contest focused on the schools character slogan: “Treat Others the Way You Want to Be Treated.” Inspired by the budding artists work, Raimondo translated their ideas into a permanent mural at the schools entrance.
The East Hampton resident explains, “I wanted to create a project that would give young people a positive and creative forum for teamwork rather than focus on all the negative aspects of bullying.” The artist is working alongside her young apprentices and says, “The schools mottos come to life with murals by kids for kids.”
For information about Joyce Raimondo and Imagine That! Art Education, visit imaginearted.com.