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GHS Student Mural Featured in Downtown Georgetown

Story by Logan Reguland

Visitors to Georgetown's historic downtown square can add a new highlight to their to-do list and stop by the latest art mural installation by Georgetown High School (GHS) student Peyton Vega. Vega’s mural design, Everyone Deserves Kindness, was installed downtown on the building of Tejas Meat Supply. Vega submitted her design with the intention of spreading a message that has been instilled in her since she was a young girl.

Vega was very intentional with every detail of her mural design, down to the stained glass pattern that was inspired by her church. Pulling inspiration from Van Gogh’s The Starry Night and Keith Haring’s animated imagery, Vega’s quote is not the only part of the mural that holds meaning. 

“The more you look at it, you see the sun. The kindness is the yellow ray, and the blue is all of the negativity in the world. And then you have one person giving their heart to the other, sharing their kindness,” Vega explained, “I chose to do stick figures so that there is no skin color, no gender associated with the figures. This message should apply to everyone.” 

Out of all the art projects Vega has done, her Everybody Deserves Kindness mural is, by far, her favorite. That is because of the meaning behind it and the impact she hopes it will have on everyone who comes across it. 

“The message is so simple, yet it can be so impactful. Kindness is how you gain respect from people,” Vega says, “My parents have always told me to be kind to people. You don’t know what someone is going through, so the least you could do is smile and say hello. My family definitely played a big part in the inspiration for the mural.” 

Out of all of the students that submitted a mural entry in her Art 1 class, Vega’s submission was one of 16 chosen to be brought to the Arts and Culture Board. From there, the board chose Vega’s to be installed downtown.  Vega is grateful to the school district and Georgetown High School for giving her this opportunity and providing an environment where self-expression is not only welcomed, but highly encouraged. 

More than an artist

GHS is a place where Vega is able to channel her artistic side, but her talents do not stop there. Vega is also on the high school’s tennis team, and she will be graduating a semester early with a certificate in finance through the district’s career and technical education (CTE) program. She has always known she wants to work in finance and hopes to become a hedge fund manager in the future. 

“For someone who struggles with severe dyslexia, it means a lot to be a part of a school district that is so accommodating. I feel very comfortable here,” says Vega.

With the support of the district’s dyslexia services and her teachers, Vega has the freedom to exercise the best of her abilities both in and outside of the classroom. Beginning with her elementary school teacher and current Ford Elementary Dyslexic Specialist, Dena Osterman, all the way up to her GHS art teacher, Angela Morin, the people of Georgetown ISD have impacted her educational experience in a huge way.

“Georgetown is a really great district because I’ve had a good relationship with my teachers. When I wake up, I don’t feel like going to school is something I HAVE to do. It’s more like, ‘Oh, I GET to go to school and see my cool teachers!’” says Vega.

You can see Vega’s mural on the east side of Tejas Meat Co. at 101 E. 7th St, Georgetown, TX 78626. Take a picture and share it with us using the hashtag #ArtistsOfGISD