Teachers may want to show students some examples of mandalas and explain the significance of mandalas in different cultures.
Cross-curricular connections could be made in a biology class when discussing ocean acidification, coral bleaching, and using art to help stop climate change.
Art classes could analyze the cultural aspects and the subject matter of the mural.
Other resources on this topic include this video featuring an apology letter to future generations, this project on making a "do one thing" mural, and this SubjectToClimate lesson plan that uses artwork to teach about renewable and nonrenewable energy.
The artwork re-awakens the need for coral reef conservation. It highlights how humans can limit activities that are harmful to the marine ecosystem. This is recommended for teaching.
Next Generation Science Standards (NGSS)
ESS3: Earth and Human Activity
5-ESS3-1 Obtain and combine information about ways individual communities use science ideas to protect the Earth’s resources and environment.
National Core Arts Standards
Visual Arts: Standard 8 - Interpret intent and meaning in artistic work.
VA:Re8.1.8a Interpret art by analyzing how the interaction of subject matter, characteristics of form and structure, use of media, art-making approaches, and relevant contextual information contributes to understanding messages or ideas and mood conveyed.
VA:Re8.1.Ka Interpret art by identifying subject matter and describing relevant details.
Visual Arts: Standard 11 - Relate artistic ideas and works with societal, cultural, and historical context to deepen understanding.
VA:Cn11.1.IIIa Appraise the impact of an artist or a group of artists on the beliefs, values, and behaviors of a society.