Grout Elementary School’s tile mural project, entitled The Language Garden, is intended to create, inspire, and demonstrate connection between and for our students. Our quest is to celebrate the wonderful cultural diversity and creativity in our school through this art project. More than 20 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! 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.
We plan for the mural and surrounding area improvements to be complete by spring 2013. The Grout Language Garden 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 provided by the City of Portland and SE Uplift Coalition’s Neighborhood Small Grants Program, and the Lowe’s Charitable and Educational Foundation Toolbox for Education Grant.