Pleasant View Students add art to local Center
Students from Pleasant View Magnet School
draw the outline of a mural
About Pleasant View
- Pleasant View Magnet School for Visual
and Performing Arts, 4501 Pleasant Grove Road, is one of
nine schools and programs offering themed learning
environments in Lansing School District.
- About 485 kindergarten through
eighth-grade students are enrolled at the school, which
offers such classes as dance, sculpture and piano, along
- For more information, visit
greats, gardens among mural images at South Side Coalition
Some Lansing visual arts students are getting their own
canvas in the community.
Pleasant View Magnet School often finds an audience for music and drama
productions, but kids devoted to drawing have few outside outlets.
That was until they found South Side Community Coalition. After a
welcome invitation to unleash creativity, white walls inside the
coalition's center are fast becoming colorful murals.
"We can actually show our work to people," said a 11 year old, who's
adding details to a garden scene at the center's entrance. "We
don't have a dance to put on. It's just a drawing."
Yet the project has been much more.
Sixth and seventh graders in Shirley Hazlett's art class, an elective at
Pleasant View, prepared for weeks.
After deciding to feature civil rights
leaders and jazz musicians, they put visions on paper, visited the job
space and met with their client.
"We believe they're going to be professionals," Hazlett said. "So
we're treating this as a professional venture."
And so far, South Side youth director
Yolanda Sherrer is a satisfied
customer. She wanted to add more color and meaning to the center
while expanding local kids' opportunities.
South Side runs after-school and summer programs for children, such as
tutoring, games and movies.
It will hold a grand opening to show off the murals in a few months.
Sherrer said she hopes the project is the start of a long-term
"It will remind the community that we're here," she said. "This is
going to be their art gallery".
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Lansing State Journal, 3/21/06, by Nicole Geary, photo by Tony