6th grader’s artwork going in transit

Diawly Diop, a 6th grader at Barack Obama Elementary in Pine Lawn, was one of 10 local artists whose winning artwork will be showcased on the Metro Transit system as part of the MetroScapes Arts in Transit, Inc. program. Her inspiration came from Manal Ali-Sharif, the women's rights activist from Saudi Arabia who helped start a women's right-to-drive campaign in 2011. Diawly created the artwork when she was a 5th grade student at Jefferson Elementary School in Saint Louis Public Schools, and her colorful depiction of the activist behind the wheel was intended to motivate others the way that she herself was inspired by Ali-Sharif. “My painting wasn’t just about winning. I put kind and heart into it,” she said. “You should just go out and express yourself.” The competition attracted 471 submissions from 224 artists who live within a 50-mile radius of St. Louis. For more information, visit artsintransit.org.

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