Fall is here! As students are settling into their classes all over San Francisco, the students at Marshall Elementary school are showing off their new mural on 15th street — painted and designed by the 2nd through 5th graders.
Made possible by funding and volunteers from Google and Deloitte, 1AM worked with Marshall Elementary and Mission Graduates to beautify Marshall Elementary School’s north-facing wall, on the corner of 15th & Capp Street. The corner was previously a dull, beige color, that didn’t have any visual indication of children or learning inside–sometimes creating a problem with loitering and drug use.
In the last week of school this past June, we visited the after-school program at Marshall Elementary to explain a bit about the importance of murals and public art in urban cities. The students then each designed their own mural concept, based on their S.T.E.A.M. curriculum (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, and Math). A school-wide cafeteria vote was held, and the students selected their top 3 designs.
Our artists drafted a sketch based off these 3 designs, and got set to paint. School ended, and the summer program started with Mission Graduates. Each afternoon for a week, we met with the kids and volunteers, teaching them how to use spray paint to create a community mural for their school. From 2nd to 5th grade, everyone painted their own portion–even the teachers!
A special thank you again to the SFUSD, Marshall Elementary, Mission Graduates, Google, and Deloitte! This was one of our most special projects to date.
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