Micro to Macro serves as the final product of a yearlong partnership between Mural Arts and the Morton McMichael Elementary School in the Mantua section of Philadelphia.
Since September 2013, artist Ben Volta has worked closely with the school’s 7th grade science and math teachers to develop programming that integrated art into the existing math and science curriculum of each class. Additional after school programming with interested middle school students allowed Volta to assemble a group of students to design, paint, and drive the final mural project. By working both in and out of school, Volta was able to reach an average of 50 students weekly with varying levels of participation in the project.
Through this arts-integrated approach, Volta and his students created Micro to Macro, encouraging students to explore the evolution of nature and community. The creation of this mural allowed students and community members alike to connect with the larger world, while highlighting their individual influences.