Councilwoman Jennifer Van Vrancken, Entergy Louisiana, the Metairie Business Development District, Jefferson Chamber Foundation, and Riverdale High School invite the media to see students live-painting 56 linear feet of murals on Thursday, October 4th, 2018, 1:00–2:00 p.m. at Riverdale High School (240 Riverdale Drive, Metairie, LA 70121).

Seven students from Riverdale High School’s talented visual art program were chosen to participate in the public art project. Under the supervision of instructor Phillip Whitmore, students Maria Alexeev, Samantha Barahona, Luis Bautista, Victoria Cristina, Michelle Nelson, Iliana Sanchez, and Jordan Yrle spent months brainstorming, sketching, and revising their designs for the seven mural panels. Working in small groups, the art students have each been assigned a panel to complete by the end of October.

The Riverdale students chose to represent the people, animals, and scenes that they feel make Fat City unique and memorable, with careful consideration shown toward how the panels will look and interact together as a unified, cohesive design. Once complete, this second span of murals will be featured alongside the 2017 artwork of Grace King High School at the Entergy Louisiana substation located at the intersection of West Esplanade and Edenborn Avenues.

“The fence murals are yet another sign of the creativity and vitality blossoming in the new Fat City,” said Jefferson Parish Councilwoman Jennifer Van Vrancken.

Jefferson Parish Councilwoman Jennifer Van Vrancken and Entergy Louisiana have equally provided for $20,000 in funding for art supplies, mural installation, and weatherproofing to ensure the murals, along with a future third span of murals by Grace King High School, will be enjoyed by the public for years to come. The Metairie Business Development District in coordination with the Jefferson Chamber Foundation provided project management with a donation of paint and other equipment from Helm Paint & Supply.

For additional information, please contact volunteer Project Manager Warren M. Surcouf III by phone at (504) 237-3800 or by email