Community Engaged Mural Program Launched in Six San Diego Unified Schools

Posted: Wednesday, July 31st 2019

Mural in progress at Clairemont High School

A pilot Community Engaged Mural (CEM) program was launched in San Diego Unified this spring in a partnership between the VAPA Foundation, the VAPA Department, and Zamorano Fine Arts Academy. The program’s mission is to use the public art of mural making to build leadership and school community engagement.

In the Community Engaged Mural (CEM) program, the costs of materials and training are provided as three-person CEM leadership teams organize and lead their school community in designing and painting CEM murals at their schools.

All schools in San Diego Unified were invited to apply, and six school leadership teams were accepted.  These teams attended a CEM Leadership training workshop on January 25th at Zamorano Fine Arts Academy with Don Masse, Zamorano’s Visual Art Resource Teacher, blogger and professional public artist. 

Schools who participated in the program this year are:

  • Benchley-Weinberger Elementary School
  • Birney Elementary School
  • Clairemont High School
  • Creative and Performing Arts Middle School
  • Lewis Middle School
  • Rosa Parks Elementary School


Pictured above: mural at Benchley-Weinberger Elementary School

Pictured above: mural at Rosa Parks Elementary School (right)

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