Mural by Wabanaki Artist Enhances Rowe School

A new mural at Rowe Elementary School promotes learning and beautifies the school, according to Rowe art teacher Jean Rank.

Marissa Joly, a Wabanaki artist and recent graduate of the University of Southern Maine, collaborated with Rank to create the mural, which was painted by Joly and funded through a grant from the Foundation for Portland Public Schools. The mural was completed this past summer, in time for the 2023-2024 school year.

Joly’s mural features Wabanaki imagery and symbolism, which connect to the district’s new Wabanaki curriculum, Rank said. “Rowe students, families and staff love the beauty and meaning behind this wonderful addition to the school,” she said. Joly has also created murals at Lyman Moore Middle School and the University of Southern Maine in Portland, Rank said.

Learn more about Wabanaki artist Marissa Joly.