‘We are the change:’ Fourth-graders take field trip to free public art wall

CROTHERSVILLE — During library class with fourth-graders at Crothersville Elementary School, Robin Hensley read a book about making changes in our community, in the world and in ourselves.

At the end of the story, it shows a large wall mural with the words “We are the change.”

Hensley, the school’s librarian, said that made her think of the free public art wall outside Beauty from Ashes Tattoo Parlor in Crothersville. It’s a place to put art or graffiti or just have fun.

“Instead of causing trouble and making graffiti elsewhere, the kids and community are able to use this wall without getting into trouble,” Hensley said. “It is a way for individuals to express themselves without being judged by others.”

Hensley recently received permission from Principal Whitney Reinhart to take a short field trip to the wall during library and art classes since it’s only a few blocks from the school.

That gave the fourth-graders from Tiffany Orrill and Brad Emerson’s classrooms a chance to add whatever they wanted to the wall.

“The fourth-graders had a lot of fun expressing themselves and being the change,” Hensley said.