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Mural, Poetry Celebrate “Moore Together” Theme

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Mural, Poetry Celebrate “Moore Together” Theme
Posted on 10/24/2018
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The theme of Lyman Moore Middle School is “Moore Together,” as the school’s students, families, and staff work together to support and engage each member of the school community. The school will now hold events to celebrate that theme in collaboration with Deering High School senior Allan Monga, muralist Ryan Adams, and the students of Lyman Moore.

On Friday, Oct. 26, from 9:45 a.m. to 10:15 a.m. an all-school assembly will be held at which Monga, Maine’s 2018 Poetry Out Loud winner, recites a poem evocative of the Moore Together theme, and Adams, an artist and lifelong Mainer, unveils the outlines of a mural on the same theme.

Lyman Moore students will then work with art teacher Jessica Crowley to complete the mural. Then, on Friday, Nov. 16, from 3 p.m. to 4 p.m., an opening reception will be held, so that the community can gather for light refreshments to see the completed mural and meet the artists.

Adams’ venture into the world of public art began at age 10, when he received a copy of ‘Subway Art’, a book about graffiti art. Using the knowledge of color theory and lettering acquired through his exploration of graffiti art, Adams has been painting murals and signs professionally for over a decade, and his work can be found adorning interiors and facades of buildings throughout the Northeast.

“This project really captivated me with the marriage between visual and literary arts,” Adams said. “To be able to create a piece of colorful work that will become a part of the students' everyday environment is a great honor in itself, but to have a project where I get to work directly with a talented young man like Allan Monga makes it unique and very exciting.”

Monga, who is from Zambia and is seeking asylum in the U.S., won Maine’s Poetry Out Loud competition in March but then was told he couldn’t compete at the nationals because he was not a U.S. citizen or permanent resident. As a result of a lawsuit he filed, the National Endowment for the Arts now has widened the eligibility rules for the poetry recital contest to eliminate its citizenship requirement. The change in rules now allows other immigrant students to compete.

The collaboration at Lyman Moore is made possible by the generosity of the Maine Humanities Council, Artist & Craftsman Supply, Rosemont Market, and Longfellow Books.
Moore Together mural