Students from the School of Visual and Performing Arts at
William M. Raines High School are making a difference in the Jacksonville community. They recently participated in a visual arts contest called "Random Acts of Kindness," brought to the Raines Art Department by mural artist Yvonne Lozano in conjunction with the Church of Jacksonville and the Raines Nation Partnership. Students were challenged to create some form of visual art that would demonstrate any random act of kindness. Entries were judged by representatives from The Art Center Cooperative, Inc. of Jacksonville.
First-place was awarded to Tavaris Johnson, a graduating senior at William M. Raines High School. His drawing of a basic shape, representing a person from one ethnicity and culture reaching out to another shape of a different ethnicity and culture, grasped the judges' attention. Tavaris titled the drawing "Unity."
Yvonne Lozano took Tavaris' idea and created a mural which portrays different cultures accepting one another. Reverend Johnathan Taylor, Executive Director of Teen Challenge International, was so kind to donate wall space for the project. Tavaris and other students from Raines assisted Ms. Lozano in painting the mural which is now located at 3333 Philips Highway in Jacksonville, FL.
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