Tape Art Takes Over CMDS

CMDS students recently enjoyed a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to work with internationally acclaimed artists, The Tape Art Crew. The Rhode Island-based artist collective transformed several Memphis sites ­– including the hallway at CMDS – with tape art murals.

Tape Art founder Michael Townsend and creative director Leah Smith were on campus to assist and guide our 5th Grade and SK students in the creation of a mural. Using only blue and green tape, our students completed fallen trees and created creatures with a specific directive: They are pretty normal with something a little bit off. (Lizards in top hats, a squirrel with antlers or dragons in sneakers!)

Tape Art Across the World, and in Memphis

Townsend and Smith also hosted a question-and-answer presentation for our students students. They spoke about and showed photos of their intentionally temporary projects all over the world, including reactions to the 1995 Oklahoma City bombing, the September 11, 2001 attacks in New York City and the 2013 earthquake in Fukushima, Japan.

While in Memphis, The Tape Art Crew also installed public murals at the Orpheum, Carpenter Art Garden, Hanley Elementary School, Overton Square and Crosstown Concourse. CMDS is especially grateful to the Memphis Brooks Museum of Art for bringing these incredible artists back to Memphis!

Visit the CMDS Facebook page to see photos of the artists, the process and the finished product.

Christ Methodist Day School opened its doors in 1958 to 75 kindergarten students. Since then, CMDS has stayed true to its Christian elementary school roots while continuing to thrive as one of the best private schools in Memphis. Come see why we are the primary choice for so many Memphis families.


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