Asbury Park Students’ Murals on Display in City Hall

(ASBURY PARK, N.J.) – Artists know the importance of honing their craft and seizing every opportunity to display their talents. Several budding artists from Asbury Park High School are doing just that.

“We are so very proud of the effort that both our students and their teacher put into producing such fine work,” said Reginald Mirthil, principal at Asbury Park High School.  “We hope that the community of Asbury Park enjoys it as much as we do at the school.”

Thanks to a partnership between the Asbury Park School District, the Asbury Park Education Association and the Asbury Park Chamber of Commerce, the student-designed murals will hang in the halls of City Hall through the end of next month. The creations are those of students from the high school’s comprehensive arts program. In most cases, this is their first blush at a major painting, according to Jean Johnson, art and fashion teacher.

“With this project, students learned color theory, the color wheel, value and how to create large works on canvas,” Johnson added.

This project is the third in a series sponsored as a result of this partnership. The previous two were murals displayed in the windows of downtown businesses during the Halloween and Christmas seasons. Funding for this project was secured thanks to second-grade teacher Jenny Hamilton from Bradley Elementary School, who wrote and received a grant awarded from the New Jersey Education Association.  

“This is an amazing example of the talented and accomplished youth who continue to achieve and excel in our city,” added Tom Gilmour, director of Economic Development for the city. “Well done!"