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Cleveland School of the Arts Honors Jesse Owens with Student Mural- Unveiling July 30th

Posted July 29, 2015 in Press Releases

What: On Thursday, July 30th a mural based on the interpretation of Jesse Owens’ story will be revealed on the side of the Lonnie Burten Recreation Center, the area in which Jesse Owens grew up. Cleveland School of the Arts students and creator Danny Carver will celebrate the life and legacy of this great track and field athlete furthering his legacy in his hometown.
Where: Lonnie Burten Recreation Center, 2511 East 46th Street, Cleveland, Oh 44104
When: Thursday, July 30, 2015/ 11:30 a.m. Ceremony Begins
R.S.V.P: To confirm attendance and request interview opportunities email or call 216-291-0500.

CLEVELAND, Ohio, July 30, 2015 – The legacy of Jesse Owens, the local Cleveland track star of the 1936 Berlin Olympic Games, is being honored and memorialized by Cleveland School of the Arts.

During the months of February through June, the students participated in an artistic adventure culminating into a full size mural placed on the Lonnie Burten Recreation Center. Students at CSA collaborated to design the mural based on their interpretation of Owens’s story. The mural design was brought to life by the students and the help of CSA’s professor, Danny Carver. Mr. Carver guided the students in awakening their imagination to create a mural that reflected both the local tie of Owens and his triumph. With time and dedication, Owens’s story came alive and was captured by the collaborative design.

The son of a sharecropper and grandson of a slave, Jesse Owens’s stunning achievement of being the first American to win four gold medals at the 1936 Olympic Games in Berlin, Germany made him an unforgettable part of world history. Nicknamed, “The Buckeye Bullet,” Owens began his career here in Cleveland at East Technical High School, located right across from the newly painted mural. He set two high school world records and tied another in additional to winning all of the major track events, and the Ohio State Championship for three consecutive years. Owens became a role model during a time of deep-rooted segregation; he affirmed that individual excellence – rather than race or nation – distinguishes an individual. The entire world took note of his remarkable achievement, one which remains without precedent. His legacy remains strong not only throughout Ohio but across the nation with the New York Times hailing him as, “Perhaps the greatest and most famous athlete in track and field history.”

Throughout the process, Mr. Carver has said: “It’s been an honor to educate and help the students learn and recreate the legacy of Jesse Owens. He’s been a role model to the community for many years and I am proud to be a part of continuing his legacy in his roots. This mural will serve as a reminder of him, his family, his legacy, and his achievements. These students and many to come will be given hope that anything is possible once gifts and talents are discovered and cultivated.”

The completed mural will be revealed, Thursday, July 30th at 11:30AM, at the Lonnie Burten Recreation Center, 2511 East 46th Street, Cleveland, Oh 44104, with a ceremony attended by City Officials, Cleveland School of the Arts Students & Staff and the Community saluting Jesse Owens furthering his remembrance in his hometown.