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For the love of art

Thursday, February 9th, 2012

“Love is when you will do anything to make the person you love do better and make yourself a better person because of them,” a MMAP 9th grader shared during class at International Studies Academy on Thursday. While MMAP’s mission is to educate, empower, and inspire youth, we as a team are equally humbled by the beautiful words, drawings, song and dance our students share with us on a daily basis.

MC Beronica Zelaya sings at ISA's third Open Mic Event, hosted by MMAP

When asked one thing he loves most in life, one of our ISA youth said, “Music because when I want to give up on doing the right thing…it makes me think twice.” At HEArt, students are making music, dancing to their favorite beats, and building their own instruments to express what they can’t always say out loud. Keep up the amazing work, ISA!

Adrian teaches new moves against a backdrop of HEArt students' original ink prints

Open Mic and Open Minds

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

Students in our San Francisco Health Education through Art Program or the “HEArt of the City” demonstrated the brilliance of young people when they use art to create, collaborate, and connect with one another. Several weeks ago students at International Studies Academy began preparing for “Lights On” Open Mic, an event that would showcase student artists and celebrate the ISA After School Program as a safe space for teens to learn, grow and be inspired.

"Lights On" Open Mic was a collaboration between MMAP and the ISA After School Program

Students recruited participants, posted fliers and prepared performances for the celebration. They also unveiled a fresh new t-shirt design, the capstone project of the environmental justice unit. Drawing from a 3 hour design workshop with over 20 middle and high school students, ISA teens John Blanco and Josh Consul finalized a design rooted in sustainability, respect for each other, the earth and the great city of San Francisco.  The peace sign forms the branches of the tree, and when students look down they see the constant reminder of inner peace.  Under the guidance of guest artist Rick Kitagawa, a professional artist from the local gallery Big Umbrella Studios, students participated in a screen printing workshop and printed their own t-shirts to wear during the Open Mic.

Guidance from Teen Art Instructors Josh Consul and John Blanco spurred the Starr King 5th grade class to create their own fashionable items out of recycled objects

John and Josh share their t-shirt design with the Starr King group.

John and Josh share their t-shirt design with a class of Starr King 5th graders studying sustainable fashion.

Open Mic participant Beronica prints her t-shirt.

Open Mic participant Beronica prints her t-shirt.

Last Thursday, the result of all the hard work paid off.  Over 30 students danced, created a live graffiti piece, performed original poetry, rocked out on guitar, and sang to a packed auditorium with over 95 students and 20 staff members to cheer them on.  The event was a reminder that when we empower students with the tools for positive expression, they will not only exceed but they will excel beyond our greatest expectations.

Congratulations to the HEArt of the City for putting on a great show!

Two winners of the Open Mic raffle received a sweatshirt with the new design!

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.

Express Yourself

Tuesday, March 8th, 2011

A huge thank you to all the talented ISA students that came out to “Express Yourself,” the HEArt Program’s first ever open mic night hosted in collaboration with ISA’s After School Program. The event was MC’ed by David McKneely (ISA junior), Adrian (History through Hip Hop Lyricist) and Isaiah (History through Hip Hop Lyricist), and featured over 30 student artists showcasing their talents in spoken word poetry, dance, drumming, guitar, break-dancing, and live painting.

Here are some of the highlights:

Express Yourself flier, created by Josh Consul (10th)

MC David McKneely (11th)

Kevisha (9th) sings a beautiful verse

Carlos (8th), Julio (9th), Maurizio (9th), and Jon (ISA Staff)

AJ (7th)


Class President Alejandro (12th) handles the sound

Krystal (10th) reads a poem from her notebook

Faith and heart in Potrero Hill

Sunday, February 6th, 2011

Last week ISA students were finally able to install the mural painted by middle school students last spring, and the graffiti boards created with guest graffiti artist Magdalena Gross!  As ISA students prepared the cafeteria for their Friday night school dance with balloons and streamers, MMAP students were working up a sweat installing the portable murals. The high school students learned how to use a stud finder, then watched as Brel (ISA Instructor) handled the drill.  The artwork transforms the cafeteria walls.  The puzzle of Potrero Hill looms above a statement of faith and heart.  Each student has a place in building their dream for the Potrero Hill community.  We hope the rest of ISA loves its new artwork as much as we do!

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

Celebrating 2011 in style!

Thursday, January 13th, 2011

What is beautiful? Who gets to decide?

To celebrate the new year, HEArt students are kicking off 2011 in STYLE.  After discussing the role of beauty in our culture and the connection between body image and self-esteem, the students were put to a challenge.  They were to “forget” about what society says is beautiful and to make a fashion statement that celebrates their own creativity and uniqueness.  Using clay, the students made beautiful beads that they’ll use next week to create new jewelry.  The students are also working on a video that will explain the process so that you admirers can do it yourself at home!

Danica shows off her beads

Sculpey bead

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"

Guest Artists Fear & Fancy at ISA

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

Acclaimed musicians Jidenna “Chief” Mobisson and Daniel “Legion” Callahan came to ISA for two weeks to lead a guest artist workshop.  They dedicated the first day to hip-hop and after that encouraged each student to choose their own media to express themselves artistically.  The talented ISA students chose poetry, rap, dance, and graffiti for their final projects.  In the videos below, you will see incredible talent and insightful remarks from the students about the importance of creative expression.

DAVID  (11th grade) raps his latest and greatest verse, then explains how he uses poetry to express himself.

KI’MANI (7th grade) does a beautiful dance with DANICA (6th) and REGAN (6th) then explains the importance of artistic expression in society.

REGAN (6th) shows her graffiti piece “Rispetto” and explains her artistic process.

DANICA (6th) shows her graffiti piece “Maganda,” a work in progress that advocates for peace.

BYRON (7th) explains the process he uses to write raps.