Medio Peso’s Mural

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Secondary Social Studies

Medio Peso’s Mural - Lesson Activity

Read Medio Peso's Biography on the Beyond Walls website:
Medio Peso is a collective of two Dominican artists created in 2015, since then they have produced urban art, illustration, and design. Their speech is based on the cultural diversity that makes up the Dominican Republic. They are influenced by multiple cultures, and seek harmony between them, focus on inheritances and customs of the Caribbean, Taino, and African. This is how their graphics, and design are born, are not exact, are unclear, but momentarily capable of answering some questions. It proposes a visually homogeneous response loaded with magic, mysticism and even religiosity with a spark of humor and criticism.
Artist Statement
“Culture, immigration and identity is the story line of the mural we made in Lynn for Beyond Walls, the message behind is a set of feelings and stories, a discourse of the past that can still be heard in the present, it is a story of the journey of cultures and mixtures, of where we come and where we are going, what we left on the road and what we achieved in the journey. The wall is based on the cultural and religious mix that the Dominican Republic has, the influences of the Tainos, Africans and Europeans, hide the identity or forget where we came from, where we are from, who were our ancestors? Some of the questions that made us reach this story. ” — @mediopesord

Look closely at Medio Peso’s mural and answer the questions below.
1. What aspects of culture you see in this mural. List them below:

Extension Activity: Create your own drawing

Extension Activity #2

Now, use what you have brainstormed above to create your own drawing, incorporating who you are and what your hopes are for the future.
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Have you seen any of the murals in Lynn before?
Does studying the murals make you want to go and see them in person?
Do you think having murals in the city makes it special?
Did the mural(s), the symbolism, or the artist’s story make you think about your life and experiences?
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Secondary Social Studies

Medio Peso’s Mural - Lesson Plan


Integrate visual information (e.g., in charts, graphs, photographs, videos, or maps) with other information in print and digital texts.

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher led) with diverse partners on discipline-specific topics, texts, and issues, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.


• Engage in dialogue regarding the impacts of culture on our own identities

• Analyze aspects of culture present within the mural

• Articulate the theme of the mural and how this connects to identity and culture

• Vocabulary: culture, cultural background, immigration, discourse



  1. Class discussion on identity and the things that make up our identity (cultural heritage, religious beliefs, customs, hobbies, etc)

  2. Review culture, cultural background and immigration; pre-teach “discourse”

  3. Watch video of Medio Peso

  4. Read Medio Peso’s bio

  5. Evaluate the various aspects of culture in the mural (individually, in partners, or groups)
  6. Extension Activity: What aspects are part of your identity?  Create your own mural. *students should not be asked to share unless they are comfortable