Art in Communities

Art is one of the most important things in my life. For me, art has the power to inspire deep emotions and feelings that words are never able to express. As time has gone on, I’ve also begun to think about ways that art can become less solitary, and more communal because of how important community has become for me at Westtown.

I don’t remember exactly when I became so fascinated by murals, but over the past year my love for them has only grown. Murals (and other forms of public art) have the unique ability to bring communities together to either create or celebrate a piece of art. I love the power that murals are able to have because of their size and permanence. Murals also do not have the same amount of pretentiousness that gallery art can often have, because murals are made for such diverse groups of people.

In this article, John Eger writes about the social impact that murals can  have withing communities, which is something I have been thinking a lot about as I work on the design and concepts for my mural. While I don’t necessarily think that my piece will have a lot of focus on social change, I do hope to create something that is able to spark dialogue and have a specific presence and language within the community.

This year I am planning to paint a mural on the Westtown campus for my independent arts project. This week my work has been mainly logistical, as I am still trying to get a space approved and iron out a design. Something I know I want to focus on is the Westtown community, and specifically arts at Westtown. I know that my design will feature dancers, and this week I have also been meeting with and photographing dancers within the community to act as my models. This week I hope to get my space officially approved, and do more studies for my composition, which I will continue to post updates about.



-Ainsley Bruton

2 thoughts on “Art in Communities

  1. Ria Das

    This mural sounds like it would be a great contribution to not only the campus but the Westtown community. This past summer I went to a ted talk at University of Pennsylvania and listened to speaker Jane Golden talk about what murals mean to her and how they prove to be much more than just an aesthetic. I would strongly recommend watching her Ted Talk if you have not already.


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