Eight ESD art students recently had to opportunity to transform the library of the Letot Girls’ Center with their own inspiring works of art. The students who were in Ms. Martin’s after school art class at the time, were approached by Mrs. Caren Prothro and Mrs. Debbie Gray who asked if they would create artwork to decorate the walls of the Letot library.
The women explained that the Letot Girls’ Residential Treatment Center is a facility in Dallas for girls ages 13-17 who may have been neglected or exploited, and Letot is a place where these girls can feel safe, heal, and be equipped with the tools and skills to reclaim their lives. The walls and shelves of the library in the facility were empty, so Mrs. Prothro and Mrs. Gray asked if the students would create art to that would specifically highlight the positive values of a library and bring some life into the room; art that was bright, uplifting, and thoughtful.
The students decided they would create paintings based on inspirational quotes about reading and life. They each researched a writer and quote, designed the layout, experimented with the watercolor techniques, and invented the font for the text. After they were finished the paintings were folded accordion style, like an early book, and framed under glass.
“I had never known that my love for art could do anything but crowd my parents’ refrigerator, but the Letot project showed me I can use it to serve my local community,” said Lily Baughman ’20, one of the artists. “The project itself was really important to me as well, because the girls at the Letot Center deserve so much more than life has served them, so adding a bit of color to their lives was heartwarming.”
With the addition of inspiring artwork, the library at the Letot Center is a vibrant and inviting part of the facility. Well done, Eagles!