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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.

Starr King shakes their maracas and rainsticks!

Wednesday, November 24th, 2010

The 5th graders put their finishing touches on their maracas and rainsticks last Friday.  Students were excited to take their new instruments home, where they will now be able to make beautiful music!  Transitioning from sculpture to performing arts, the next few weeks the students will be trying their hands at ACTING.  Stay tuned.

The expressive 5th graders with Brel, Sarah and Stanford Intern Liesl

Diana's maraca

At Starr King, music is in the air!

Thursday, October 28th, 2010

Starr King students are learning to express themselves through MUSIC.  On Friday, each student got a card with a different emotion.  They chose between maracas, drums, tambourines and more to express their emotion and the rest of the class had to guess what it was.  Moving forward and building on sculpture skills from the past couple of weeks, students will be constructing their own maracas and rainsticks. We are almost finished with the construction phase, and next week we’ll decorate the instruments. Stay tuned!

HEArt at Starr King: What would your ideal city look like?

Monday, October 18th, 2010

What are your favorite things about San Francisco? What are some things that you would like to change about San Francisco?  If you could design your own city, what would it look like?  We received some very powerful responses when we posed these questions to the Starr King students.

As urban planners, their task was to design buildings, parks and structures that they would want to see in their ideal city.  Students built the Bay Bridge, skate parks, an elaborate water supply source, and more.

Bay Bridge

HEArt at Starr King – Return of the 5th graders!

Tuesday, October 5th, 2010

HEArt will be working with a group of 15 awesome 5th graders at Starr King.  Most of the class is returning from last year, but there are a few new faces in the crowd!  In the first two weeks, students took self-portrait photographs and received sketchbooks that they will draw and write in throughout the year. Last week, the after-school program celebrated Latin Heritage.  Before an evening of dance performances the students learned about the traditional Mexican holiday, Día de los Muertos.  The students made matchbox shrines in the traditional style and honored their own friends and family members through folk art.

Matchbox shrine

Modeling clay

HEArt at Starr King – Celebrating summertime with tie dye

Monday, June 21st, 2010

On our last day at Starr King, we celebrated the coming of summer with games and a fun tie dye project.  Tie dye is a messy enterprise, but the students weren’t afraid of getting their hands dirty to make some fun, funky bandanas! We were sad to say goodbye to our wonderful 5th graders, and wish them the best of luck as they head to middle school.

HEArt at Starr King – Puppet theaters

Monday, March 8th, 2010

Using the puppet characters they made last week, the Starr Kingers wrote scripts centered on the theme of conflict resolution.  They designed and created sets out of large cardboard boxes, and performed their puppet shows at the end of class.   The three groups’ set designs are pictured below:

An ice cream parlor in outerspace

Pizza parlor puppet show featuring Rihanna, a dragon, two superheros and a police officer

Puppet show set at a campsite in the woods and vampire cave

Vampire cave

HEArt at Starr King – Sock Puppet Mania

Monday, March 1st, 2010

The Starr King kids donned their arms with large white socks and then got to work hot gluing felt, pipe cleaners, pom poms, and googly eyes to transform them into crazy puppets.  We talked about conflict resolution and how understanding one another and working together is key in finding a solution to social conflicts.  The students made puppets inspired by characters that might be involved in conflicts.  There were superheroes, older brothers, flying dragons, and more.  Check us out next week to see the puppet show and stage set that the Kingers will come up with!

Puna, Nakina, Jacob and Hector with their puppets

Nakina, all smiles

Hey there!

HEArt at Starr King – Learning from the news

Tuesday, February 9th, 2010

On Friday, Starr King students discussed dating violence by revisiting the top headline story last year involving singer Chris Brown’s violent behavior towards his girlfriend of the time, Rihanna.  The class all voiced their opinions about who was right and wrong, and we debated ways the situation could have been handled nonviolently. Students then made small cloth pouch amulets (from Latin amuletum; earliest extant use in Natural History [Pliny], meaning “an object that protects a person from trouble”) that can be worn around the neck.  The students also used clay to make objects that they could keep in their amulets.

Imari and Nakina hold up their amulets