The Grout Language Garden Tile Mural Project

The Language Garden Tile Mural, an ongoing art project involving every student currently attending Grout Elementary School, will display hundreds of handmade clay tiles in a mosaic of languages, colors, textures, and shapes.  Forms of nature will interplay with the home-languages of our student population in a fantastic garden mural covering the northwest exterior corner wall overlooking the playground.

Here’s the location where the mural will be installed:


This ‘outdoor classroom’ space will also be refreshed with paint, more plants and planters, additional seating, and solar lighting — making it an especially welcoming gathering area for our diverse families and visitors as well.



Our quest is to celebrate the wonderful cultural diversity and creativity in our school through this art project. 

More than 25 languages spoken at home by Grout students— English, Spanish, Maay-Maay, Karen, Vietnamese, Russian, Somali, Cambodian, Nepali, Swahili, Burmese, Albanian, Oromo, Amharic, Cantonese, Japanese, Lao, Telugu, Thai, French, and Malayalam — will be represented in this community artwork!

Classes are making tiles now through summer 2012, and we plan for the mural and surrounding area improvements to be complete by spring 2013.


The tile mural is a collaboration between Grout staff and PTA, SUN Community Schools, Kateri Park and Esperanza Court through Catholic Charities, and Portland State University Applied Linguistics Program.  This project is made possible through grant funding from the City of Portland and SE Uplift Coalition’s Neighborhood Small Grants Program.

Join us!

Want to get involved? Would you like more information?  All are invited to join an email list for volunteer opportunities and  garden projects at Grout!


Teresa Tamiyasu (Art Coordinator)

Kaia Sand (Communications and Outreach Coordinator)

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