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Magic In A Classroom

Tuesday, November 27th, 2012

“What’s happening at EPAA is magic in a classroom,” stated Scape Martinez, MMAP’s Artist in Residence. As expressed by Scape, it has been a great Fall quarter for our In-School Electives class at East Palo Alto Academy (EPAA), one of MMAP’s strongest school collaborators. Led by renowned graffiti artist, Scape Martinez, and one of MMAP’s Public Allies, Laura Nunez, students dove into learning the fundamentals of graffiti. They learned four different kinds of graffiti writing styles including urban calligraphy, bubble letters, block letters and wildstyle. “We’re introducing all these tools that they can use, but they are taking them into their own stylistic direction,” stated Laura.

ISE students letting their creative juices flow

This Week ISE will begin covering different artistic elements that can be incorporated into their graffiti. They will cover the use of shapes, expressive lives, and contrasting colors. Below are some examples of what the students have come up with:

Piece created by Asa

We are look forward to what December will bring! Stay tuned for more on ISE, with Technology Fridays taught by dynamic duo Olatunde Sobomehin and Demetric Sanders.

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.