The Mural Music & Arts Project educates, empowers, and inspires youth through the arts! Since 2001, over 2,445 MMAP youth have installed 180 murals, produced 100 original songs, and reached thousands of individuals through exhibits and performances.
Teen Mural Program (TMP)
MMAP’s flagship program, TMP, provides Mural Assistants, “MA’s” the ability to participate in a ten-week process of research, design, and development of artistic expression, including: mural making, lyricism and DJ’ing. MA’s conduct primary and secondary source directed research, interviewing field experts and community historians about the summer’s theme, which reflects community identity, reclamation of space, and voice.
The Mural Program has two phases: Research and Expression, and culminates in a design charrette where MA’s deconstruct what they have learned and conceptualize it through imagery for a mural. During the Expression Phase, participants break into artistic cohorts: visual, lyrical, and DJ. The visual cohort gains painting skills and intricately learns the process of mural making. The lyrical cohort writes original lyrics and gains performance experience; ensuring students understand the process of song production. The DJ cohort learns basic scratching and mixing and produces an original beat. Participants develop leadership skills and improve job readiness through the program. Students finally unveil their hard work to the community through a Mural Unveiling and Community Celebration.
History through Hip Hop (HHH)
HHH promotes social change by employing youth to create, perform and exhibit art, and to activate and mobilize community. Through a project-based, thematic curriculum that meets California Visual and Performing Arts Standards, youth investigate historic barriers to access, learn contemporary issues in Music and Media, and design strategies to bring equity. HHH develops a respectful, inclusive culture by partnering youth (14-24 year olds) and adults to explore complex topics through the lens of Hip Hop art and culture. The program fosters patience, collaboration, and supports the development of non-cognitive factors and competencies such as self-discipline, motivation, flexibility, empathy, resilience, grit and cooperation. Hip Hop’s intersection with technology and the commitment to develop high quality products through professional collaborations with high expectations and standards will motivate youth from participants, to leaders, to advocates.
Public Art Consulting (PAC)
PAC employs teens after school and during the summer to work along side professional artists to fulfill public and private art commissions. Read More.
- Gives artistic teens an opportunity to gain professional art experience and to create their own portfolios and résumés
- Creates revenue that helps sustain MMAP through fulfillment of income-generating art commissions
- Retains skilled, professional artists to ensure high quality artwork, and develops teens' skills in art and business
PAC also achieves the following outcomes:
The EPAPD’s FIT Zones Public Health & Anti-Violence Initiative is a community-driven effort funded by the California Endowment to improve pubic health and increase public safety. Within one year of partnership, gun violence has decreased significantly! MMAP collaborated with the EPAPD’s Fitness Intensive Training (FIT) Zones to help sustain the program, increase healthy behavior, and strengthen relations between the police department and community. To assist in establishing FIT Zones’ permanence in the hot spots, MMAP installed murals, inspired by the community in Jack Farrell and Bell Street Parks.
Ravenswood City School District - Professional Development
MMAP seeks to provide RCSD staff the necessary training to provide students with critical Visual And Performing Arts and Science Technology Engineering Art and Math skills for them to thrive.
Currently, RCSD does not offer arts education to middle school youth district-wide. MMAP serves as a resource to the district as it identifies, prioritizes, and installs state- of-the-art resources. MMAP designs monthly professional development workshops for art teachers, addressing Common Core State Standards, Art Disciplines and English Language Development. As of 2014, 93% of students in the district are primarily Spanish speaking, and 2,164 of the students in Grades K-8 are English Learners. In consultation with Stanford’s School of Education, School of Design, and Center for Comparative Studies in Race & Ethnicity, MMAP is designing and establishing innovative ways to embed STEAM learning through participation in the Visual and Performing Arts.
Would you like to see MMAP at work? See the Mural Videos and learn more about MMAP's programs, music and artwork.