RICHMOND, Va. (WRIC) — A local artist has had a busy summer painting murals in Richmond Public Schools before classes start.

Barack Obama Elementary School’s auditorium was completely transformed with a new colorful mural painted by Hamilton Glass. The project was completed with the help of Altria volunteers, Richmond Public Schools said.

“Being able to create murals in schools makes me feel good about the investment we are placing in kids creativity and imaginations,” Glass told 8News.

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Glass has been doing work in RPS for over five years. The Hampton University alum has worked with ‘Hands on Greater Richmond, where he served as an art facilitator for several volunteer projects. Most recently, he is working with the RPShines initiative.

The artist has painted several murals in the last months for RPS including one at Carver Elementary School and Miles Jones Elementary School.

“Color and positive messaging can affect how the students feel about their learning environment and help to make them feel as though the school system and staff care about their education and well being,” Glass said.

Earlier this month, Glass helped guide a group of Southside teens in painting a traffic calming street art mural in the middle of a busy intersection in Manchester.

Photo: Hamilton Glass Facebook

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