About Mural Music & Arts Project

Mission

The Mural Music & Arts Project (MMAP) educates, empowers, and inspires youth through participation in the arts by offering year-round, youth development programs in the Bay Area. MMAP began in 2001 as the East Palo Alto Mural Art Project, employing local teens to design and create a mural for every school in the district. Since then, MMAP’s teen artists have researched, planned, and installed a public arts legacy. These murals reflect themes of community, cooperation, equity, justice, environment, and local history. Since its founding, MMAP has served over 3,000 youth in arts-based, youth development programs who have created 124 murals, produced 68 original songs, and choreographed 16 dances. Moreover, MMAP has reached over 23,000 individuals through community events and outreach.

MMAP is committed to creating meaningful, quality artwork for the communities it serves. CA Attorney General Kamala Harris stated that “So many youth need this kind of attention, this kind of support, and somewhere to challenge their creative identities. It has been wonderful for us to have MMAP’s mural here at the San Francisco Hall of Justice so that the people coming through these doors seeking justice see also beautiful art…They feel good about the community knowing that we are linking with the youth to make sure that we can stop cycles of crime.” MMAP’s efforts have been featured on news and media outlets, and recognized by the United States House of Representatives, Stanford University, and local and regional governments and community organizations.

MMAP remains steadfast in its mission to impact youth and their communities by working collaboratively to offer myriad arts programs, including the Teen Mural Program, the Graffiti Arts Project, History through Hip Hop, Health Education through Art, Public Arts Consulting, and In-School Art Electives.

Awards

Congress of the United States House of Representatives Recognition (2012), Certificate of Special Congressional Recognition (2011), State of California Office of Attorney General Recognition (2011), City of East Palo Alto Recognition (2011), San Mateo County Supervisor’s Recognition (2010), US Census Partner Award (2010), San Mateo County Excellence in Service Award (2009), Santa Clara County Supervisor’s Recognition (2008), Stanford Community Partnership Award (2007), City of East Palo Alto Excellence Award (2005), American Youth Policy Forum (2005), ABC 7 Hispanic Heritage Salute (2005), San Mateo County Board of Supervisors (2004), KQED (2003), San Mateo County Diamond Award (2002)