About the Project


Lyndale Community School has teamed up with the Lyndale Neighborhood Association and muralist Greta McLain to create a mural for the school’s exterior walls during the 2015-2016 school year. The project, funded by a Minnesota State Arts board grant, will bring together Lyndale students, parents and staff, along with community members, to envision, design and create the mural together. We hope to create a mural that reflects the history and culture of the school and neighborhood, and our dynamic, vibrant and multicultural identity.

The final mural will cover the large wall facing the playground, close to the main entrance on 34th and Pleasant. Two smaller images are slated to go over the school entrances on Grand Avenue.

On the left: The main mural site, near the entrance at 34th & Pleasant. On the right:  The mural site over the entrance at 34th & Grand. Please note: The star images are placeholders, not the final mural design.


The mural project launched with a very visible booth at Nicollet Open Streets on September 25, 2015. Children and adults wrote, drew and painted banners in response to the questions: What do you like about your neighborhood? What would make your neighborhood more awesome? Lyndale students painted banners again at the school’s annual Fall Carnival.

Design ideas from Nicollet Open Streets.

During the first week of December, Greta McLain will be at Lyndale Community School for a week-long residency. She will brainstorm with students in Ms. Walker’s art classes, be part of a conversation about the mural at the school’s annual Muffins for Moms event, and solicit ideas and images from Lyndale teachers and staff. McLain will join community members at the Somali Museum on December 1st to draw inspiration from traditional Somali arts. The week will culminate with a community-wide design event at the Lyndale Neighborhood Association’s annual La Posada dinner at Lyndale Community School on Saturday, December 5, 2015.

McLain will then take everything she has learned about the school and its diverse communities and all the ideas, images and photos she has collected and come back with a proposed design. The design will go to a panel representing the school and the community for approval in February 2016.

Mural Design Sketch by Greta McLain.


In spring 2016, McLain and her assistants will project the entire mural onto parachute cloth/canvas strips. Each section will be painted by Lyndale students during art class, during an after school program, and by the whole community at painting parties at school and events around the neighborhood. Everyone will get a hand in the fabrication of the mural. McLain and her assistants will install the final mural (using a process similar to wallpaper) over the summer of 2016. It will be in place to welcome Lyndale Community School students back to school in August!