Central High School students wear the masks they created during a “Masks and Bigheads” workshop in celebration of National Hispanic Heritage Month.

Students enrolled in St. Croix Central High School’s foreign languages and fine arts programs celebrated National Hispanic Heritage Month and Virgin Islands/Puerto Rico Friendship Day in October with a “Masks and Bigheads” workshop by Puerto Rican Artist Kenneth Meléndez.

Students created artwork while learning about the Hispanic culture, particularly that of Puerto Rico. The afterschool program was a collaboration between Torres and art teacher Niarus Benjamin-Walker.

“It was a great experience for students and the program covered aspects of regional culture and art as an extracurricular activity,” said Eli Torres, a Spanish teacher at Central High School. “The participation of the selected students was thorough and they exhibited excellent behavior.”

The students’ artwork is on display at the Caribbean Museum Center for the Arts in Frederiksted, where they will remain for two months.