Archive for September, 2011

MMAP’s Staff “Fall” Into the New Academic Year

Friday, September 30th, 2011

The Mural Music & Arts Project is beginning the 2011-2012 academic year with a roster of several returning staff members, as well as host of new talent. MMAP has nearly doubled the key staff, and – after a one-year strategic planning process – has also begun a new vision of programming. The new year looks exciting.

Returning HEArt Director, Sarah W., shares lesson plans with a few of the shining stars of MMAP's newest class of staff. Pictured here (from right) are Aria F., Kyle T., Sarah W., and Rahan B.

MMAP’s fall programming includes In-School Electives (ISE), Health Education through Art (HEArt), and Community Programming (CP). ISE is working at East Palo Alto Academy to establish critical thinking skills in the classroom, empower students, and cultivate a positive school climate through an innovative and collaborative arts curriculum. HEArt is a project-based program that teaches middle and and high school students about healthy living through participation in the visual and performing arts. HEArt is serving at:
– Starr King Elementary (San Francisco, CA)
– International Studies Academy (ISA) Middle School (San Francisco, CA)
– International Studies Academy (ISA) High School (San Francisco, CA)
– Downtown High School (San Francisco, CA)
– Ronald McNair Academy (East Palo Alto, CA)
– Costano / 49ers Academy (East Palo Alto, CA)

The Community Programs includes Mentoring Matters and an enhanced commitment to our program’s alumni. These calendars, as well as the protocols of MMAP’s programs, were shared at a great meeting of the MMAP minds. MMAP is ready for a great fall quarter of programming.

Adrian J., a three-year veteran of MMAP's program and sophomore at Foothill College, recently joined HEArt as Program Instructor.

Adding HEArt to East Palo Alto Academy

Friday, September 30th, 2011

On September 21st, students from East Palo Alto Academy attended a Mural Music & Arts Project Informational Session to learn what it would look like to bring the Health Education through Art Program (HEArt) as an after-school program.

This wouldn’t be the first MMAP arts program to East Palo Alto Academy.  EPAA has embodied the vision of a “21st Century Community Learning Center,” in large part, by opening its doors to the people and programs of MMAP, an arts-based, community organization.   To date, MMAP has hosted the Graffiti Arts Project (GAP), In-School Electives (ISE), the Teen Mural Program (TMP), Silkscreening With A Goal (SWAG), and several Community Programs (CP).

Earlier this year, Graffiti Arts Project (GAP) installed four large murals that bring the voice of the students to the forefront of campus life. Through last year's Silkscreening With A Goal (SWAG) program, students produce the messages they want to promote.

Trash to Art: During the day's share-out, EPAA Junior and MMAP core student, Exavier R., presents his graffiti piece he produced on the top of a broken - and trashed - desk.

For two hours after school, 27 interested and talented students participated in graffiti, mural, and tshirt design, as well as in Hip Hop dance and rap.  The interest and talent of the EPAA students spoke loudly and the EPAA HEArt program is expected to begin soon this year.