See Moroccan art on display at community center

May 18, 2009

By Contributor

NEW — 6 a.m. May 18, 2009

Fifth-graders at Clark Elementary School received a welcomed surprise last month: special gifts from students in Issaquah’s sister city of Chefchaouen, Morocco.

In March, the Clark students created friendship journals that were delivered to a group of Chefchaouen students. In return, the Chefchaouen students created their own artwork to send back to Issaquah as a surprise.

The artistic gifts, which include paintings, drawings and even a weaving, are on display through the end of the month in the main lobby of the Issaquah Community Center, 301 Rainer Blvd. S.

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To honor this sister city effort, Issaquah Mayor Ava Frisinger recently gave each of the participating fifth graders – along with Clark Elementary School, teacher Julia Landa and parent volunteer Tom Cochran – Issaquah Ambassador awards.

“We are thrilled that our local students are sharing their Moroccan gifts with the community through this display,” Frisinger said. “Each piece of artwork truly gives us more insight into the culture, environment and people of Chefchaouen.”

The artwork will also be on display during the June 5 Issaquah ArtWalk.

For more information on the fifth-graders’ project, click here.

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