Archive for the ‘HEArt Costano’ Category

Teen Art Instructors lead the way

Thursday, March 8th, 2012

(Top) Ariana, Cristina, Yolanda (Bottom) Lucia, Darryl

Meet Ariana, Cristina, Yolanda, Lucia and Darryl – HEArt’s 2012 Teen Art Instructors. Each of these incredibly talented East Palo Alto natives have carved their role in HEArt as creative, wise, patient role models for our middle schoolers at Ronald McNair and 49ers Academy. Ariana is a senior at Palo Alto High School and helps youth explore new art forms and themes in a fun, responsible and insightful manner. When she is not in HEArt, she is busy leading her own soccer league and applying for college scholarships. Cristina is a freshman at Carlmont high school. As a former HEArt participant, students look up to her for sage advice and artistic abilities.  (And if you want to buy a shoe cleaning kit, she has spearheaded a business plan through the BUILD program!) Yolanda is a sophomore at EPAA who brings her smile and spunk to every HEArt class. She is a spoken word poet, a dancer, and goes by DJ “Yoyo” in MMAP’s History through Hip Hop program. Lucia is a sophomore at EPAA whose dream is to study sociology to prepare her for a career working with and inspiring youth.  Students gravitate to Lucia because she always listens and supports them with an encouraging smile and sense of understanding, no matter what they are going through.   Darryl is a junior at EPAA who goes above and beyond in everything he does. He leads the dance cohort at McNair with a unique style and calm presence that helps motivate students to find their own individuality.

Thank you Ariana, Cristina, Yolanda, Lucia and Darryl for inspiring us every day with your leadership and vision.

Dream Beyond Our Own Powers

Tuesday, February 21st, 2012

6th Grader Nathan Jovel

Flash, Spiderman, Superman, Batman, Green Lantern, Thor all strike the memory chord that enables us to dream beyond our own powers. The students at HEArt 49ers Academy created their own characters with graffiti artist Scape Martinez.

The students have been developing their own skills and style of graffiti to ultimately come up with a portable mural that will be featured during a History through Hip-Hop showcase. In addition to a fresh graffiti artist, Scape is also an educator whom is about sharing his passion and skills with the youth as they in turn inspire him.

Scape Martinez & Monique Rivera adding highlights to the piece

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.

A healthy diet is a colorful one!

Tuesday, February 22nd, 2011

A red apple, a yellow banana, a green kiwi, a pink grapefruit, a red strawberry and an array of soft pastels to color with.  HEArt youth learned that a healthy diet is a colorful one! Students spent class trading each other for halves and quarters of a variety of colorful fruits to create a MMAP-style still life.  HEArt students got at least 2 of the 5 servings of fruit and veggies recommended per day, munching on a variety of colors to get important vitamins and minerals.

Jimmy, Zaid and Mayra with a colorful array

A MMAP-inspired fashionable new jewelry line

Thursday, January 20th, 2011

This week students in the HEArt program strung their clay beads into necklaces, bracelets, anklets and rings.  The results were beautiful!  One student even named her jewelry line “Glambition.”  We loved the idea of a fashion line that merged glamour and ambition.

Vanessa helps Manase choose beads

"Glambition" in progress

Manase's bracelet

Mecca's beads, "D" for Dad and "M" for Mecca

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)


HEArt at Costano – Garden mural opposite colors

Wednesday, May 19th, 2010

The garden mural at Costano comes to life with the opposite color layer.  With just a couple weeks of painting left, the students are enjoying the sunshine and painting away.  Our two wonderful Teen Art Instructors, Troy and Zaid, help guide students through the mural process.

HEArt of the City – A new session begins at Costano

Sunday, April 11th, 2010

Inspired by the “SOUL” of the last mural, a new crew of Costano students gets the chance to learn the art of mural painting.  This time the mural will be exclusively acrylic painting and so the students are beginning again with basic color and design principles.  The class has already touched on still life, color theory, value drawing, and portraiture. We’re all excited to see what they come up with!

Showing off her Cezanne-style still life

HEART and SOUL of the City at Costano

Monday, March 22nd, 2010

HEArt of the City signs their signature at Costano with a beautiful, vibrant mural outside the music room.  The mural has some finishing touches left to make, but we are almost there!

HEArt at Costano – Painting continues…

Monday, March 8th, 2010

The mural at Costano is coming to life!  Look how beautiful: