Muralist Adrián Torres, artist behind the “Deep Ellumphants” roaming Dallas’ cultural epicenter, has graced DIS Upper School walls with the first piece of a two-part project for his "Riding Colors" series. Under this initiative, Torres travels around the globe painting murals pro bono in underdeveloped countries to inspire joy in third-world communities. DIS Upper School students joined Torres in painting the finishing touches for the school mural. From the Toucan found in the South American rainforests to India’s Bengal tiger, the images featured in the mural are true representations of global awareness; elements Torres hopes will remind students that there are many other walks of life.
During the DIS Spring Break, Upper School students embarked on a trek to build a school in rural Haiti. It is the 4th school DIS students have helped to fundraise and construct in cooperation with builOn, a movement committed to "breaking the cycle poverty, illiteracy and low-expectations through service". There, Torres adorned school walls with vibrant murals. Torres has witnessed the power of color and art’s capacity to radiate positive energy within impoverished communities. And, now, he finally feels like he’s found his calling: “I always wanted to help people; I just didn't know what I would do. Painting is what I love. If I can help people through my painting, then why not?”
Dallas International School (DIS) is the only private school in the DFW metroplex offering a multilingual education via an international curriculum. DIS has more than 670 students in preschool through grade 12, located on two campuses. The Preschool (2yr+) through 4th grades are at 6039 Churchill Way, and the 5th through 12th grades are at 17811 Waterview Parkway. Both campuses are easily accessible for residents in Dallas, Plano, and Richardson. In 2016, DIS was ranked the #1 most challenging Private High School in the Nation by the Washington Post.