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Big RED & Shiny, Art Journal
Cambridge Chronicle


Without the help and guidance of Christopher Basler from the Cambridge Department of Community and Economic Development, this project could not have been possible. Chris linked me up with the Thistle & Shamrock Convenience Store, helped me navigate Cambridge bureaucracy, filled out permit applications, publicized, and always went above and beyond the call of duty. I feel like he was with me every step of the way and I couldn't have asked for a better guide.

Also crucial to this project's success has been Thistle & Shamrock's owner Henry Nguyen and landlord John Fallon for letting me use their wall for the project, as well as Graham & Parks School's talented teacher Lucy McMullen and her aide Latifa Gourabou. Lucy's intelligent and sensitive leadership helped successfully engage the students and illuminate the project's concept. I would have been lost in the classroom without her.

Thank you also to Jill Slosburg-Ackerman for helping realize the concept for this project; TAGS Hardware & Homeware for generously donating supplies; Lawrence Battle for painting the base color of the wall—unsolicited, I might add; A-Z Auto Center for so graciously letting come and go daily with their ladder; Shellburne Thurber for also loaning her ladder; Andi Sutton for documenting the project with video; Lael Yonker for lending a hand (and car) whenever needed; Julia Lloyd for helping paint and publicize; and to my brother Nick Sherman for painting, taking photographs, fielding web-development questions at all hours of the night, patiently listening to my classroom recordings, and for providing pretty much every other kind of support needed.

Most importantly, thank you to the engaging local community, and to the BRILLIANT 4th graders at the Graham & Parks Alternative Public School: the driving forces behind this entire project.