“When we first walked into an on-site shelter, we tried to think of a project that we could celebrate together once again,” said Mary Carbullido, Executive Director of Art in Action. “What could we bring to the community to bring them joy?
For more than three decades, Art in Action has provided a visual art program for K-8 students in schools across the country.
Thanks to Art in Action, students discover art and culture from all over the world and how to express their emotions through art.
“The most important thing is that we are helping children see the world from a different perspective,” Carbullido said. “Especially now it is so important for children to experience art and to immerse themselves in this creative process because of the world we still live in. We see the benefit of creating art. together, collaborate, and how this affects the children’s emotional well-being society. “
During the COVID-19 pandemic, Art in Action worked with 170 fourth-grade students at the Adelante Selby Spanish Immersion School to provide virtual art lessons and brainstorm ideas for a mural.
“The question was” what do you hope for when we come out of this pandemic? “Carbullido asked.” The first thing they said was, “I want to see my friends.” “
The theme of the mural is community, connection and hope.
In the mural, children hold hands, play together and kick a soccer ball, shaped like a COVID-19 virus.
“There are a bunch of different kids, kind of like holding hands like we’re stronger together,” fourth-grader Sebastian Cifuentes. “When I did that, I felt like I was doing something for the community.”
The mural took four days to ensure all 170 grade four students could participate.
“We are very proud of their accomplishments,” Carbullido said. “We are delighted that this has come to fruition after a one-year process.”
The fourth grade classes at Adelante Selby Spanish Immersion School are excited to show off their mural to family, friends and the community of downtown Redwood City.
“I want to be able to see that we have made an impact,” said fourth-grader Sebastian Sayres. “And a solid good.”
Visit the mural at 751 Bradford Street in Redwood City, California.
For more information or to donate to Art in Action, visit their website.