Student-Led DIGS Mural
Artist and alumna Meena Pannirselvam and founder of The PALETTE Project Erika Casarin talk about the mural they helped the College of Business community create. "Unity in Diversity" now hangs in the Diversity and Inclusion Gathering Space (DIGS) in Howard L. Hawks Hall (Room 102).
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[99:59:59.999][0:00] Hey everyone, there's something new and beautiful in DIGS,[0:03] the Diversity and Inclusion Gathering Space[0:05] at the College of Business.[0:07] The PALETTE Project went out[0:09] into the College of Business community[0:11] to find out what the DIG Space meant to them.[0:13] We took those insights,[0:14] conceptualized in a design[0:16] and outlined it for students, faculty, and staff to paint.[0:20] As both a student and the founder of PALETTE,[0:22] this mural's special to me,[0:23] because it belongs to our community[0:25] and represents the beauty of it.[0:27] The inspiration really stemmed from the creation[0:29] and opening of DIGS.[0:31] We wanted to incorporate ideas[0:32] on what the space should really be like.[0:35] People wanted a space where they felt safe, brave,[0:38] and had a sense of belonging.[0:40] One of the ways to reinforce those feelings,[0:42] is to see representation.[0:44] This art symbolizes physical attributes of diversity,[0:48] but we also recognize and acknowledge[0:50] there are other forms of diversity and identities[0:53] that are invisible.[0:54] My favorite part about this piece,[0:57] is the national flowers from various different countries.[1:00] They bring in the global aspect to the piece.[1:02] And this is a really important component[1:04] to me as an international student from Malaysia.[1:08] We cannot wait to hear what your favorite part is too.[1:11] This mural created an experience[1:13] in which people could connect[1:14] and collaborate while painting.[1:16] Now, when students, faculty, and staff walk by[1:19] or visit DIGS,[1:20] they'll remember what they contributed[1:22] and the memories they made together.[1:24] A lot of things are important[1:26] to make a space feel more inclusive,[1:28] one of them is art.[1:30] So I'm glad that Erika and the PALETTE Project[1:32] gave me the opportunity to create this mural for DIGS.[1:36] Everyone who painted helped make it come to life.[1:39] This piece was made for you.[1:40] So come check it out.[1:42] (bright upbeat music)
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