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Ocean Drive - - Front Runner - BY SHEL­LIE FRAI

ENEIDA M. HARTNER ELE­MEN­TARY GETS A COL­OR­FUL RE­VAMP WITH THE HELP OF WYN­WOOD SCHOOL ARTS PRO­GRAM THE RAW PROJECT.

The world’s most ac­claimed artists flock to the Wyn­wood Arts Dis­trict year round to take part in ex­clu­sive projects, gallery ex­hi­bi­tions, and… go to school? Thanks to Re-imag­in­ing the Arts in Wyn­wood (RAW), an ini­tia­tive to bring art ed­u­ca­tion to schools with lim­ited bud­gets, Eneida M. Hartner Ele­men­tary be­came part of the an­nual Mi­ami Art Week ex­trav­a­ganza. With the help of more than 30 artists from the US and around the globe, the blank walls of a school filled with 570 young stu­dents have be­come col­or­ful and eye­catch­ing mu­rals of in­spi­ra­tion.

But it’s not just worl­drenowned artists lend­ing their tal­ents to the project. Mi­ami Dol­phins wide re­ceiver Jarvis Landry got in on the ac­tion when par­tic­i­pat­ing street artist Kai As­pire re­cruited him to paint a mu­ral that would both de­light and in­spire stu­dents. “Kai wanted to tie in an­other part of the Mi­ami cul­ture, and the Mi­ami Dol­phins and Jarvis are a huge part of this city,” says RAW founder Robert De Los Rios. Their cre­ation? A gi­ant­sized car­toon-style child reach­ing for the stars while balanc­ing atop school­books, sports balls, and a gui­tar. “[The piece] rep­re­sents a child never giv­ing up,” De Los Rios says. “It’s a beau­ti­ful mes­sage.”

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