• Cory Minkah Montalvo

Visioning Through Mural Essays

What's good, YEBOhood?!?

We hope you're having a wonderful day and enjoying the sunny (and hot) weather.

In today's post, we'll be looking back at four incredible student projects that will have a lasting impact on our communities for years to come.

One of our goals at YEBO is to broaden the spectrum of what youth perceive as media. Of course mediums such as movies, television, radio, and music count as media. But we're also surrounded by mediums of print and physical art. It's important to remember that books, paintings, and even billboards play an impactful role in shaping culture and informing trends.

Within this context, we asked four cohorts of students to each design a piece of visual art that captured elements of their heritage, illustrated their vision for the future, and/or represented their communal values.

We connected the students to two local graffiti artists/muralists (Kate Scalf and Joaquin Gonzales), who engaged a co-creation process by first deeply empathizing with the students and helping them to surface aspects of their identity, which informed the design of the murals. McGlone Academy students painted three of the murals in The Confluence Center, while students participating in Radian Architecture's Imagine the Possibilities program at Garden Place Academy painted a fourth piece and gifted it to Focus Points Family Resource Center.

Each of the creations tells a story, and each story acts as a declaration to the power of youth voice.

Here are some pictures from each journey:

Latina Power - "A Showcase of Might"

Located in The Confluence Center @ McGlone Academy

Artist Partner - Kate Scalf

The Confluence - "Bringing Together, Growing Stronger"

Located in The Confluence Center @ McGlone Academy

Artist Partner - Joaquin Gonzales

Breathe Free - "The Health of Our Community is in Our Hands"

Located at Focus Points Community Resource Center

Artist Partner - Joaquin Gonzales

The unveiling...

King Kendrick - "I Have Royalty in My DNA"

Located in The Confluence Center @ McGlone Academy

Aritst Partner - Kate Scalf

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