Students from North High School’s Hmong Leadership Council had an opportunity to collaborate with visiting artists Jessie Unterhalter and Katey Truhn to create and paint the Deland Park beach house. Unterhalter and Truhn are Baltimore-based artists who form part of the Wooster Collective of street artists and were invited by John Michael Kohler Arts Center (JMKAC) through its Connecting Communities’ “Wooster Collective: The Sheboygan Project”.” The Sheboygan Project” brings the street art movement to Sheboygan by using city walls for spaces that reflect the city’s people and culture. This project connects artists with available wall space and resources to create unique site-specific works in the city. This is the ninth time Hmong Leadership Council students have worked with visiting artists. They recently worked with another Artist in Residence, Gabriel Specter, who created three major works in Sheboygan during his JMKAC residency.
The Hmong Leadership Council was not the only community group to participate in the art work at Deland, but the group had the special privilege of helping to create and then paint the majority of the mandala on the upper level, in addition to helping to paint the lower level on three different days.
The Hmong Leadership Council is based at North High School, but creates collaborative projects in which all of Sheboygan's Hmong youth and even the younger and older generations of Hmong residents might participate. This is a service-based leadership group that focuses on how to improve our community through creative acts of volunteerism rather than on fundraising. By the end of 2014, the group is expect to have organized/participated in around 100 community service events. The Council Advisor is Matthew Miller, a North High School teacher.
Check out this amazing time-elapse video
of one segment of the students' work. Several photos have been posted at the JMKAC's Sheboygan Project facebook page