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MRHS Art and Design Across Borders Club Takes Part in Japan Art Mile Mural Exchange

In its first year of existence, the Art and Design Across Borders Club at Marlboro High School has already completed an impressive task. Their first project was part of the Japan Art Mile Mural Exchange, which had Marlboro’s students collaborating with students at the Kurashiki Kojoike High School in Okayama, Japan. Marlboro was the only high school in the United States participating in this international collaboration project.

Advisor Barbara Casella began the Art and Design Across Borders Club at Marlboro this past September after having been the advisor of the club at Colts Neck High School last year. The theme of the mural exchange was the environment. Students in Marlboro sent video introductions to their Japanese peers to get to know one another. Both schools decided on the design/layout of the mural. The Japanese students completed the left half of the canvas first, then sent the piece to Marlboro for completion. Marlboro’s design is seen on the right side. Now that the piece is finished, the mural will be sent back to Japan where it will be displayed throughout the country.

This project was a fun way for the students to learn about one another’s cultures and form friendships.

Marlboro students display the mural

A closeup of Marlboro's portion of the mural