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Union City school unveils Peace Mural made by its students

The students of Miftaahul Uloom Academy in Union City teamed up with a New Jersey artist to produce a pair of murals that now adorn the side of the school building.

The “Peace Mural,” designed and painted by the Islamic school’s fourth-, fifth-, and sixth-grade students, was funded by the Artists in Education Residency Grant Program, a project co-sponsored by the New Jersey State Council on the Arts and Young Audiences New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania.

Image of Principal Saima Sanaullah; Jacqueline Knox, Arts Education Program manager at Young Audiences Arts for Learning New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania; teaching artist Kit Sailer; Vice Principal Eman Elkholy; and Faatimah Yanes, administrator at Miftaahul Uloom Academy.

Principal Saima Sanaullah; Jacqueline Knox, Arts Education Program manager at Young Audiences Arts for Learning New Jersey & Eastern Pennsylvania; teaching artist Kit Sailer; Vice Principal Eman Elkholy; and Faatimah Yanes, administrator at Miftaahul Uloom Academy. Photo credit – Reena Rose Sibayan | The Jersey Journal

The program is carried out in partnership with regional partners, including Appel Farm Arts & Music Center.

Kit Sailer, of Jersey City, is the artist who worked with the students to help them organize their ideas for the Peace Mural. “I was just the traffic cop. Every child participated in coming up with ideas and painting the images,” she said.

The school held an official unveiling of the artwork on Friday. Click on the photo gallery above for an up-close look at the new murals.

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