If you notice the artwork of outlined people displayed on boarded up windows along Water Avenue, you may wonder who or what they represent.

The outlines are portraits of teenagers from Selma High School, made as part of a beautification project for the city called “We’re Growing” that doubles as a self-expression project for students in teacher Hanna Kraker’s English class.

Artist Helene Taylor and community partner Austin Williams helped the class paint their body outlines and watched as the students filled them in with their likeness, positive affirmations and symbols that represent who they are.

Their projects are on display on boarded windows in front of the St. James Hotel downtown. 

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