Persing was chosen as the Artist in Residence for this project. She is being assisted by Ellen Mullane, who teaches art at Haverhill High. Haverhill High School art teacher Susan Blim is also contributing to the mural and will be creating three-dimensional images of trees made of metal.
The students’ work is expected to be installed this summer in partnership with the Friends of the Bradford Rail Trail.
Funding comes from a $5,000 STARS (Students and Teachers Working with Artists) grant from the Massachusetts Cultural Council and a $1,508 grant from the Haverhill Cultural Council to bring in an Artist in Residence to assist the students.
Fuller said STARS grants of $500 to $5,000 support residencies of three days or more with teaching artists, scientists, scholars and cultural organizations.
Access 21 is an after-school program at Haverhill High School funded by a 21st Century Community Learning Centers grant from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Other activities of Access 21 are Internships, Glee Club, Robotics, Photoshop, and Lifeskills Enrichment.