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The mural design includes a BART train that stops at Skyline High School and Holy Names University.
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HNU, Skyline students collaborate on mural

The mural class at Holy Names University, led by instructor Carmen Lang, has been collaborating with students at Skyline High School in Oakland to produce a new mural for one of the high school's campus buildings.

The collaboration arose from Lang's desire to provide her students an opportunity to work with a local school's art program, and Skyline agreed to partner with HNU on the project. More than 50 Skyline students have been involved in the conception and creation of the mural, which has a unifying visual motif of a BART train passing through its constituent panels.

Lang remarked on the cooperative dynamics of mural painting. "You start painting and people walk by you and they want a brush, they want to participate," she said. "All of a sudden you're sharing a story or listening to someone else's story. Right there you're building up a community and getting to know your neighbor better."

Ann Alderman, professor of French and linguistics and chair of the division of arts and humanities at HNU, said, "It's always wonderful to see our students involved in the local community. The Skyline teacher, Jamie Treacy, has welcomed our HNU muralists and made our collaboration easy and enjoyable. I love the mural design, especially the BART train that runs along the top, with stops at Skyline and HNU."

Holy Names University, 3500 Mountain Blvd., Oakland, was founded in 1868. It offers 19 bachelor's degrees, five degree completion programs for adults, seven master's degrees and various certificates and credentials. For more information, www.hnu.edu.

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