Rice’s Boniuk Center and high school students to unveil mural March 2 at Bread of Life homeless shelter


David Ruth

Jeff Falk

Rice’s Boniuk Center and high school students to unveil mural March 2 at Bread of Life homeless shelter

HOUSTON – (Feb. 26, 2013) – Two dozen Houston-area high school students who explored the theme of a lifelong spiritual quest through painting will unveil their creation — a 7-by-64-foot mural titled “Epiphany in All Eyes” – at 3 p.m. March 2 at the Bread of Life homeless shelter. The mural was the students’ capstone project as part of the third annual Sacred Sites Quest (SSQ) organized by Rice University’s Boniuk Center for the Study and Advancement of Religious Tolerance.

Who: Twenty-four Houston high school students in the SSQ program.

What: Unveiling of a 7-by-64-foot mural, “Epiphany in All Eyes.”

When: Saturday, March 2, from 3 to 4:30 p.m.

Where: Bread of Life, 1703 Gray St.

The celebration is free and open to the public. The mural will remain on permanent display on the walls outside of the Bread of Life building.

The students, who attend 15 different schools in Greater Houston, volunteered for the project, aimed at enhancing religious literacy, promoting interfaith dialogue, collaboration and tolerance and enabling participants to leave a creative legacy as a permanent public artistic expression. They partnered with the Museum of Cultural Arts Houston (MOCAH) and the Art Project, Houston, a therapeutic art program of the Bread of Life, in creating the mural that they will unveil.

Before they created the artwork, the students spent three months exploring a dozen different sacred sites, including temples, churches, mosques and chapels, around Houston. The mural functions as a visual narrative of the students’ shared experience and the meaning they derived from their visits to places of worship.

“Our SSQers’ mural is both epic in scale and strikingly beautiful,” said Mike Pardee, executive director of the Boniuk Center. “The fact that they conceived, designed and painted it while collaborating with professional artists from MOCAH and The Art Project, Houston makes their achievement all the more impressive.”

Rice University’s Boniuk Center is dedicated to nurturing tolerance among people of all and no faiths, especially youth, and to studying the conditions in which tolerance and intolerance flourish. For more on the Boniuk Center, go to http://boniuk.rice.edu.

Members of the news media who want to attend should RSVP to Jeff Falk, associate director of national media relations at Rice, at jfalk@rice.edu or 713-348-6775.


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About Jeff Falk

Jeff Falk is associate director of national media relations in Rice University's Office of Public Affairs.