Southlawn Middle School band director covers room with graffiti

Published: Aug. 15, 2016 at 7:47 PM CDT|Updated: Aug. 15, 2016 at 11:41 PM CDT
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(Source: WSFA 12 News)
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MONTGOMERY, AL (WSFA) - The Southlawn Middle School band room was graffitied over summer break, but before you get too concerned, the band director was behind it.

Amon Robinson says there is reason for the artwork. He is in his second year as the band director at Southlawn.

He decided he wanted to brighten things up a bit in his room and chose to have it graffitied.

As graffiti goes, he didn't exactly get permission for the artwork. But he stands behind it, saying it was all done for his students. He hopes a little paint will make a big difference in the students' lives.

"When you walk through the room, I think you just get a burst of energy, creative energy. So in learning music, kids can also see that there are other facets of art as well and they all tie into each other. We will go on in the year explore how they work with each other," Robinson said.

Southlawn principal Dr. Jarmar Muhammad stands behind the project, believing it's another great way to reach the students and motivate them.

"I think it's an innovative way to try to connect the dots for kids especially when you are looking at an urban environment," Muhammad said. "You kinda do things that will be catchy to the kids' eye and then once the kids see it, he or she can engage because it takes them to a familiar place and also allows them to see beyond where they are while attending school."

Robinson also mentions the graffiti is a teaching tool as many of the pieces are music notes.

His next project is getting new, much needed instruments for the program so all the students who want to stay in band can. If you would like to help out, you can make a donation to Southlawn Middle with the funds directed towards band or contact the administration at 334-284-8086 for more information.

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