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Cinzah Merkens


6th, 7th, 8th, 9th, 10th, 11th, 12th


Visual and Performing Arts

Resource Type

  • Artwork

Regional Focus

South and Central America

"Coral Gardener"

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  • This mural in Grenada depicts the positive efforts in the Caribbean islands to restore the oceans. 
  • The woman in the painting is dressed in Grenadian colors and is shown swimming through the ocean to bring back life to it. 
Teaching Tips


  • This artwork presents positive climate action.
  • The resource lists four ideas for how students can take action to help save coral reefs.

Additional Prerequisites

  • The artist's statement at the bottom of the page features background information about the mural.
  • This resource will be most effective if students are already familiar with ocean restoration and coral reef conservation.


  • This could be used as a hook in a science class after which students could further research actions taken in the Caribbean and around the world to help protect our oceans.
  • Students outside the region where this resource is focused could identify positive actions that can be adopted to rejuvenate the oceans near them.
  • Act classes could use this resource to inspire students to create their own climate change-related art.
  • Other resources include this video about saving coral reefs and this video about coral reefs in Tobago.
Scientist Notes
The resource portrays an artwork that can inspire students to explore and design local strategies to mitigate climate change's impact on marine ecosystems. This is recommended for teaching.
  • Visual and Performing Arts
    • Visual Arts: Standard B3 - Convey meaning through the presentation of artistic work.
      • D.B3.9-12acc Make, explain, and justify connections between artists or artwork and social, cultural, and political history.
    • Visual Arts: Standard C1 - Perceive and analyze artistic work.
      • D.C1.6-8prof.a Identify and interpret works of art or design that reveal how people live around the world and what they value.
    • Visual Arts: Standard C2 - Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.
      • D.C2.6-8adv Analyze how the interaction of subject matter, characteristics of form and structure, use of media, artmaking approaches, and relevant contextual information contributes to understanding messages or ideas and mood conveyed.
      • D.C2.9-12prof Construct interpretations of artwork, supported by relevant and sufficient evidence found both in the work and in various contexts.
    • Visual Arts: Standard D2 - Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical contexts to deepen understanding.
      • D.D2.9-12adv Assess the impact of an artist or a group of artists on the beliefs, values, and behaviors of a society.
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