Local Crowdfund: To protect and conserve

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With the first museum in the nation to purchase works by Claude Monet and an ever-growing community of art enthusiasts, it is no surprise that Worcester — more specifically the entrance to Worcester East Middle School — has another piece of art history attracting attention.

In the foyer of East Middle stand four murals by Jenne Magafan highlighting one of the city’s most significant historical figures, Jonas Rice, Quinsigamond settler and preeminent Worcester forefather, and the depiction of Grafton Hill’s early days.

“We first found out about these murals last fall when we both took a class with the former director of the Worcester Art Museum, James Welu. He directed our attention toward these murals because we are both chemistry and art majors [Editor’s note: Well, chemistry majors, art history minors.] and were looking for something we could potentially conserve, and so this project came up,” said Sarah Valente, co-founder of the Magafan Mural Project.


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