Archive for the ‘HEArt Chavez’ Category

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.

Laissez les bons temps rouler!

Monday, March 28th, 2011

…French for “Let the good times roll!”

Returning from Mardi Gras in her hometown New Orleans, HEArt Instructor Sarah Woodward brings a little piece of home through the latest Chavez art project.  Students are fabricating, painting and embellishing plaster masks.

The top reasons that people at Mardi Gras wear masks?

1. To have fun!

2. To be someone else for the day

3. To hide your identity

4. To outdo one another with the most outrageous and beautiful costumes

Students at Chavez were charged with the task of creating a mask that showcases positive character and individuality.  Here are some photos of the process:

Marina fabricates her mask

Ana paints her mask

Mask-making essentials: Paint, Beads, Feathers

HEArt wishes you Happy Holidays!

Tuesday, January 4th, 2011

To all Mural Music & Arts Project students, friends and family:

HEArt wishes you a joyful and peaceful holiday season. In the spirit of the holidays, here’s to faith, family and strong communities! We look forward to 2011.

HEArt Costano - Happy Holidays!


HEART (Guest Graffiti Artist Magdalena Gross)


We HEArt graffiti!

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

HEArt students at ISA and Chavez send powerful messages through their graffiti art.  Students were asked to think about an issue or conflict they saw at their school and to choose a word that advocates for change.  See their beautiful work below and feel the love!

"Love" by Wadda, ISA, 12th grade

"Maganda" (Peace in Filipino) by Danica, ISA, 6th grade

Yahaira (Chavez, 8th) paints "Family"

Stanford Intern Perla poses with Cesar and Enrique to show "Love You" and "Listen"

HEArt’s Dia de los Muertos exhibit is a show-stopper!

Monday, November 15th, 2010

Congratulations to Chavez middle school students, HEArt staff and teens for putting on a beautiful Dia de los Muertos show at the Palo Alto Art Center!  The display was a show-stopper for the couple hundred local community members who attended the event.

HEArt students exhibit at the Palo Alto Art Center

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

HEArt students from Chavez will be show-casing their matchbox shrines and papel picado THIS SATURDAY, 1-5pm, at the Palo Alto Art Center’s annual Day of the Dead celebration.  Students worked hard over the past three weeks to finish their art in time and the exhibit promises to be beautiful.  Come support the students and see they beautiful and creative ways they found to honor their loved ones.

Through graffiti, HEArt advocates for change!

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

Chavez and ISA HEArt of the City students are diving into the powerful art of graffiti.  So far students have chosen monikers,  learned basic graffiti lettering, color theory, and perspective.  In the end, students will be able to produce individual graffiti canvasses that promote a positive message to their school community.  Students are learning the key role that graffiti has in community beautification and health promotion.   The graffiti installation will be driven by the youth’s voice! Students will decide which words they will use and the location of their installation.  Below are just a few great photos of the process – follow the group as they continue on the path to becoming graffiti masters!

ISA high school and middle school students work alongside each other!

Practicing lettering styles

"PEACE" demonstrates warm vs. cool colors

HEArt at Chavez – Mural unveiling celebration

Monday, June 21st, 2010

After seven full weeks of painting, we unveiled the new mural in the 8th grade corridor with an end-of-year celebration! On June 2nd, our History through Hip Hop students joined us at Chavez to perform original songs promoting their message of peace.  Following their show, 8th graders performed a beautiful Polynesian dance. It was a fun, heartfelt event to cap off a wonderful year at Chavez.

HEArt + HHH at Chavez unveiling celebration

HEArt team

The new mural is pictured below.  From left, the flames represent the risks and struggles Chavez students face on a daily basis and the hardship they must overcome in order to succeed.  The flames are also a positive symbol of purifying, cleansing and rebirth as the students find their paths toward healthy lifestyles at school and beyond.  The metamorphosis of a butterfly is depicted as an analogy for the students’ growth and transformation from 6th through 8th grade. The butterfly evolves from the right, beginning as a young caterpillar climbing into the foreground, resting in the chrysalis until it finally emerges fully transformed into a beautiful adult butterfly. In the middle a girl holds up a peace sign, urging for peace in her community. The East Palo Alto street scene depicted behind her shows the front of Chavez Academy on Bay Rd.  The girl uses her inner strength to create positive change in her home community.  On the right, an 8th grader ascends the stairs to meet a hand extending his Chavez diploma as he graduates to high school.  The ivy vine surrounding the diploma and stairs is a symbol of growth, strength and friendship.   The East Palo Alto foothills and blue sky rest in the background.

HEArt at Chavez – Spotlight on our fabulous Teen Art Instructors

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

A defining element of our mural painting class at Chavez is the amazing leadership of our Teen Art Instructors.  Viri (EPA Academy, sophomore) and Monica (Carlmont High School, junior), a dynamic duo who happen to be sisters, use their knowledge and skills gained from last summer’s Teen Mural Program to guide Chavez middle-schoolers through the painting process.  Viri has been hard at work teaching blending skills on the flames and Monica has been working with students to paint the ivy vines.  Pictured below, these two high school students are exemplary role models who embody MMAP’s spirit of creativity and positivity!



The Dynamic Duo

HEArt at Chavez – Painting continues…

Monday, May 10th, 2010

It’s hard to believe that we have only one month left before summer!  Please join us for a mural unveiling celebrating our students’ and teens’ hard work this year:  June 2nd 4:30-6:00pm.  With two weeks of painting down and only three more to go, the students are focused on bringing beauty and positivity to the 8th grade corridor.

The wallWorking together

A quick and precise painter