Emerge Center students help create new mural in time for arts festival

Emerge Center students help create new mural in time for arts festival
Along with their therapists and parents, a group of 25 children from Emerge will soon take a field trip to Perkins Rowe to complete their portion of the mural. (Source: Pexels)

BATON ROUGE, La. (WAFB) - Students attending the Emerge Center in Baton Rouge got creative with a colorful new art piece.

The Perkins Rowe Arts Festival celebrated 10 years with the new public mural, created in partnership with local community groups.

The new mural, entitled “Rise Above,” features the handprints of 25 children from the Emerge Center.

Students helped artist Ellen Olegsby create the mural located at Perkins Rowe in October.
Students helped artist Ellen Olegsby create the mural located at Perkins Rowe in October. (Source: Emerge Center)

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Students from the Emerge Center, along with their families and therapists, took a special field trip on Oct. 28 to help local artist Ellen Ogden finish the mural at Perkins Rowe.

Ogden was inspired by the vision of the Emerge Center. “This mural is based on the idea that when granted the opportunity, attention, and vision, we are all capable of rising above perceived expectations of our potential,” Ogden said.

Students from the Emerge Center took a special field trip to help local artist Ellen Ogden finish the mural at Perkins Rowe.
Students from the Emerge Center took a special field trip to help local artist Ellen Ogden finish the mural at Perkins Rowe. (Source: Emerge Center)

The grand unveiling of the public art piece took place at Perkins Rowe on Saturday, Nov. 2, the first day of the Perkins Rowe Arts Festival.

The Arts Council of Greater Baton Rouge partnered with Perkins Rowe, the Emerge Center, and local artist Ellen Ogden to create the unique and Instagram-worthy mural that designed to inspire the community.

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