Champlain Elementary mural ‘Kelis the Afronaut’ promotes equity, anti-racism

Champlain Elementary in Burlington is is proclaiming itself an anti-racist space with the painting of the mural ‘Kelis the Afronaut.’

“BSD is pleased to announce we have helped to find a home for ‘Kelis the Afronaut,’ a big, beautiful mural created by Will Kasso Condry, and Jennifer and Alexa Herrera Condry, of Juniper Creative LLC,” an announcement from the Burlington School District reads. 

The mural is in the process of going up on the elementary’s north-facing side. Principal Joe Resteghini shared the progress in a tweet Sept. 17. 

The artwork is evocative of the afrofuturism movement, recently recognized in the themes and stylings of the movie Black Panther. The term was coined in the early 1990s to describe literature, art, music and fashion style that has seen a resurgence in recent years. Music artist Janelle Monae, the movie Blade Runner, the Dark Matter anthologies by Sheree Thomas and even the 60s/70s funk band Parliament Funkadelic, have all been linked to the movement.

The school district announcement says, “we view this project as a way to create safe and anti-racist spaces for all students, foster community, and build equity.”

Contact April Barton at [email protected] or 802-660-1854. Follow her on Twitter @aprildbarton.

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