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Photo Gallery | Students put together Harlem Renaissance mural at Maumelle Middle School

"Art Teacher Melissa Simpson leads the 7th and 8th grade students at Maumelle Middle School through a mural painted in the style of Harlem Renaissance artist Aaron Douglas. The Harlem Renaissance Exhibit lasted two weeks in celebration of African American History Month."

The Harlem Renaissance project encompassed the language arts classes that learned about the cultural movement taking place in the Harlem neighborhood of New York City in the 1920-1930's. 7th grade students created research papers and poetry based on the literary figures of the Harlem Renaissance. 8th garde students learned the impact of the Depression on the United States and its different racial and economic groups. Through art, Mrs. Simpson enlightened the students about the creative influences and historical meanings of the images in the Aaron Douglas mural "Aspects of Negro Life: From Slavery Through Reconstruction" from 1934. The murals created with Mrs. Simpson allowed students to react to the information and time period through symbols and images similar to those of Aaron Douglas. Douglas was most known as a graphic artist for the African American magazines published in Harlem, such as "Harlem", The Liberator" and "Crisis".