POP 3 team begins Artspace mural project

Photo courtesy of the Dearborn Community Fund. Pockets of Perception Co-Director Mohamad Bazzi (third from left) oversees POP 3 team members Emma Clare Scott (left), Khalood Altahesh and Zeinab Elmoussaoui as they test their creativity by using the sense of touch to identify a shoe and then writing about the person who might have worn that type of footwear.

Photo courtesy of the Dearborn Community Fund. Pockets of Perception Co-Director Mohamad Bazzi (third from left) oversees POP 3 team members Emma Clare Scott (left), Khalood Altahesh and Zeinab Elmoussaoui as they test their creativity by using the sense of touch to identify a shoe and then writing about the person who might have worn that type of footwear.

DEARBORN — Eleven Dearborn Public Schools students started the process of designing a mural to be permanently displayed in the new City Hall Artspace Lofts.

The students were selected by the Dearborn Community Fund to serve on the new Pockets of Perception design team.

The program focuses on young people, encouraging multicultural understanding, while cultivating their creativity and investment in the community through the creation of public art as they work with teachers, artists and professionals in the apprentice-style program.

All 11 students are juniors at Fordson High School, Dearborn High School, Edsel Ford High School and the Henry Ford Academy.
Conaire Donelson, Tyler Platz and Emma Clare Scott are representing Dearborn High School; Corey McDonald from Edsel Ford High School; Fatma Almachy, Khalood Altahesh, Zeinab Elmoussaoui and Nour Jamalaldin from Fordson High School; and Steven E. Gonzalez, Jad Hamdan and Lakiya Pickens from Henry Ford Academy.

Dearborn art teacher Mohamad Bazzi and former Art Resource teacher for the Dearborn Public Schools Wendy Sample will provide professional guidance for the team.

The students began the meeting and planning stages of the project earlier this month. During their first meeting their creativity was challenged when they had to use the sense of touch to identify footwear that was hidden under a blanket and then write about the person who might have worn the item.

“This year we are fortunate that TechShop Detroit-Allen Park has teamed up with the DCF to host the POP project,” DCF Executive Director EmmaJean Woodyard said. “The work space at TechShop provides a vibrant, creative environment where the POP students will meet with educators each Saturday to collaborate and develop their mural project from now until June.”

The first POP team made its debut in 2010, designing two complementary stainless steel sculptures that are displayed at City Hall Park and the West Dearborn Pocket Park. POP Team 2 made ceramic tiles and designed a mosaic mural that was unveiled last spring in the new John D. Dingell Transit Center.

The POP project is funded completely by donations. Students must complete their year-long commitment to participate on the team in order to receive a stipend when their project is complete.

“Our sponsors recognize that art brings communities together and they want to offer students the opportunity to develop their talents while learning how to work in a team environment outside of school walls,” Woodyard said.

Anyone interested in supporting the POP Project can donate at dearborncmmunityfund.org or by calling 313-943-5478.