Beginning in a Whittier Middle School Classroom under the guidance teacher Lela HImmerich, a regular social studies curriculum gave way to project based learning. Students were urged to engage with their neighborhood and to assess what makes it vital. Imagining a number of civic improvements students took their ideas to the city government. They spoke at city council meetings and eventually perked the ears of the executive director of the Sioux Falls Arts Council. The student proposed mural project became a reality after the Sioux Falls arts council wrote and received a 2012 National Endowment for the Arts Our Town grant. Muralist Dave Loewenstein was contacted and commissioned to lead the project. Over the Spring and Summer of 2013 The World Comes To Whittier :siouxfallsmuralproject.blogspot.com/ was created with the aid of numerous community design meetings and community presentations. The World Comes To Whittier is the first large scale community based mural project for the city of Sioux Falls SD. With the guidance of Lead muralist Dave Loewenstein, assistant Ashley Laird, and apprentice Nate Buchholz The World Comes to Whittier It is a project created by and for the residents of the Whittier Neighborhood.