Each year Ms. Tonon’s art students partner with the Maywood Special Events Commission for their "Bringing Books to LifeSeries." Students draw and recreate the characters of popular children’s books. Then, they work together for weeks to piece the characters together for display in the windows of Maywood Village Hall. Maywood’s Special Events Commission came up with the idea as a way to get Proviso East High School students more involved in the Maywood community.
"This is our third year working together on the ‘Bringing Books to Life Series’ Holiday Windows Project," said Dawn Rone, Village of Maywood Special Events and Public Relations Commission Chair. Rone contacted Walt Disney to request permission for the students to recreate Disney characters. "It makes the community better. Proviso East kids live in the village. They are getting a chance to display their artistic talent. It’s good for the students to have people in the community see their work and for them to understand that their contributions matter."
The first year, 2009, students recreated the characters in the pop up book "Chronicles of Narnia". The author put the entire exhibit on his website: http://robertsabuda.com/intgallery/united-states/usa-proviso.asp
. Last year, students created a holiday window display featuring seven books written and illustrated by children’s author, Ezra Jack Keats. This year, the focus is Walt Disney. The designs have been created to inspire children to read the books featured in the display and to help the village usher in the holiday season. Students created their own interpretations of Disney storybook classics.
"Proviso East art teacher, Emily Tonon, and the art students really came up with creative ideas for their displays, and I can't wait for the public to see it," said Rone.
Even Walt Disney team executives are excited about this project. Disney will send representatives from the Chicago and Schaumburg Walt Disney stores to the unveiling. Students say creating the project has been a great experience. It is something that Disney lovers and the entire community will enjoy.
"This project has been a great opportunity for us," said Proviso East senior and aspiring graphic designer, Kenneth Radcliff. "All of us came together to do something positive in the community. It’s going to be nice."
Proviso East freshman Amelia Jimenez agreed.
"It feels really good that the whole village will be able to see how talented we are," she said. "They will get to see and appreciate what we do."
Students will receive community service hours for their hard work in creating the holiday display. The unveiling takes place on Saturday, December 10th at 5 p.m. at the holiday display cases located adjacent to Maywood Village Hall (40 Madison Street in Maywood).
Excellent work students! You are a vital part of Proviso Rising!