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Willard students' murals celebrate Missoula history
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Willard students' murals celebrate Missoula history

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The city's past, present and future hang on the walls at Missoula Job Service as of this week.

Four 4-foot-by-8-foot murals – representing Missoula's ancient past, its 1900s, its present and its future – will be unveiled Thursday at 9 a.m. at the Job Service building, on 539 S. 3rd St. W. 

The four-paneled piece is the product of a year's work by Willard Alternative High School students, said Wolf Ametsbichler, the manager at Missoula Job Service. The mural was a collaborative effort between Flagship coordinator Melissa Madsen and Willard art teachers Gwen Hoppe and Stephanie Wing.

“These murals are not just décor but examples of a significant learning process for all of the students,” Madsen said in a news release. “Art and art making are no different than the tasks of any other contractor or subcontractor who works with clients to make ideas materialize.”

The students created the design and decided what resources they would use for the artwork, Ametsbichler said.

Madsen added, “The challenge for students was to develop concepts appropriate for a client and public arena. They needed to consider materials and colors suitable for a specific location; work with a budget and deadlines; and collaborate as a team and do the often boring, repetitive, time consuming work that goes into actually materializing aesthetic concepts.”

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