Six Schaumburg High School Students’ Artwork in Color for a Cure Mural

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The final mural features artwork from students all over to create one image.

Students at Schaumburg High School recently took an opportunity to color a picture for a cure. The Color for a Cure program, sponsored by JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) Illinois, Ford Motor Company Fund, and Project S.N.A.P. (Share. Nurture. Act. Preserve.) gave students in the Chicagoland area the opportunity to be a part of a mosaic mural entitled, “Imagine a Cure to Type 1 Diabetes.”

The mosaic project will showcase artwork from six Schaumburg High School students. The drawing students were asked to create an image with the theme “imagine” by drawing, painting, or word painting. On the back of their images, they were asked to write a brief paragraph reflecting on the message and content of what they created.

Selected artwork from student Damaris Sanchez.

“I thought this would be a good tie in for social studies and citizenship, which we are trying to teach our students,” said Heidi Tincknell, art department chair and teacher at Schaumburg High School. “The other part is it’s also good for them to have a purpose to their artwork. They are making a difference with their art. They have a reason to do it well and to grow their skills and understanding.”

The organization held an auction for last year’s completed mural, which was purchased by Ann and Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago and is on display. Tincknell, who also had drawing students selected for the previous mural, said her students are very excited their work will be displayed on-line, in a touring mural, and possibly find a permanent place in a hospital.. The organization does not offer monetary scholarships or any awards for being selected. The reward is the opportunity to showcase artwork for a purpose. All of the funds went to the Juvenile Diabetes Association.

This is the second year Schaumburg High School has participated in the program. Last year’s project was “Grateful Nation,” in which eight students were selected for their military-themed artwork and were interviewed for the organization’s film.

Tincknell said involving her students in these kinds of projects helps give them even more meaning to their artwork and ties art in with the rest of their studies. She said many students have very insightful reasoning behind their artwork. Damaris Sanchez wrote: “I believe that children with diabetes are very strong. I admire what you do. I hope that one day a cure is found. Until then, stay strong and imagine.” Her message was followed with a smiley face.

Selected artwork from student Dhaval Thakkar.

Dhaval Thakkar had similar sentiments, and wrote: “There are always obstacles that people have to overcome. Some face bigger ones than others. Children that have diabetes are, according to me, the bravest people in the world. They have to face such a huge obstacle so early in their lives. I imagine that one day there will be a cure for diabetes and children will not have to worry about such diseases and enjoy their innocent lives.”

“Administration has been so supportive of us,” Tincknell said. “What’s nice is the organization picks what this project will benefit. It’s so good for students to work that into their art and have that as citizenship.”

Students selected for the Color for a Cure mural:
Alycia Rose Gonzales
Evan Jaras
Beth Kuehnl
Damaris Sanchez
Dhaval Thakkar
Lillian Xia

For more information about the organization, please visit the website.