Art project offers hope, happiness to all who enter Palisade High

Palisade, CO – A new student art piece greets students entering Palisade High School and offers them a bit of happiness and hope as they start each school day.

Palisade High School juniors Tully Purser and Olivia Bode created the project using more than a thousand pieces of paper submitted by elementary school students. Students were asked to convey what makes them happy on each piece of paper. The pieces are each hung from the ceiling to create the shape of a heart.

Purser and Bode are students in Palisade’s International Baccalaureate Diploma Program, which requires each IB student to participate in a Creativity, Action, and Service (CAS) project that addresses a global concern while targeting the local area. Purser and Bode said they wanted to use their CAS project to boost morale at a time when the Mesa County community is reeling from a record year of suicides that have impacted people of all ages, including teens.

“We decided that the best way for us to do this, was through artwork – a form of expression anyone can understand as well as a passion both of us shared,” Purser and Bode said.

This project recently came to Palisade High after being exhibited at the Grand Junction Art Center in the Studio Colorado Gallery April 15-28. It will remain in the school until the end of the school year, May 24, 2017.