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2022 Year in Review

Updated: Aug 15, 2022


INTRODUCTION

After two years of restricted in-person learning and covid related troubles, this season at the Rainforest Art Project, we could not wait to hit the ground running.

A wise man once said “Creativity doesn't wait for the perfect moment. It fashions its own perfect moments”; through unusual circumstances we have learned that there is nothing more powerful than imagination and the will to create in shaping our environments, caring for our communities and forging a brighter future. We are grateful for our team and creative family’s continued dedication to nurturing a love for learning and creativity.


 


IMPERIAL VALLEY & ARIZONA

Numbers at a glance:

250 Students involved 12 Projects completed 9 Schools



1. Theodore Roosevelt School

We are so happy to welcome the Theodore Roosevelt School into the Rainforest Art Project family as our first ever ‘markers’ school in Arizona! Young Apache students from the White Mountain Apache Nation created this year's Tribal Seal mosaic with the support of Principal Wilkerson, Beth Johnson, Britney Dystra & Mrs. George.



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2. Barbara Worth Junior High School

This year Barbara Worth Junior High finished the large-scale mosaic mural they began in 2019 based on their very own bobcat mascot. We were so happy to be back after COVID related delays! Students participated in the making of this artwork with the incredible support of Ms. Rodriguez & Principal Marmolejo. We were so honored to add to the campus’ collection of ‘Bobcat Pride’ mosaics. Go Bobcats!

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3. Miguel Hidalgo Elementary School

Miguel Hidalgo Elementary School was also inspired by their mascot this year. Their mosaic medallion prominently features the School’s Hidalgo Hawk! An incredible 72 young ASES makers took part in the creation of this masterpiece under the guidance of MS. Velasco & Principal Jones.

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4. Imperial County Office of Education Valley Academy

ICOE Valley Academy drew from colorful landscapes and their Jaguar logo when designing this year’s art piece. The bright sun, rich shades of blue and beautiful flowers provide the perfect backdrop for the jaguar’s silhouette. Senior Director Vitela & Teacher Mr. Munoz helped 10 talented students bring their big ideas to life.

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5. Phil D. Swing Elementary School

With the support of Principal Casey, almost 30 ASES students worked on Phil D. Swing’s new mosaic mural this year! The design features the school's panther logo as well as abstract and colorful geometric patterns. Students selected inspirational phrases and school values to etch into the glass including “hard work” and “loyalty” and “confidence”.

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6. J.W. Oakley Elementary School

This year J.W. Oakley Elementary drew from their otter mascot and its habitat when designing their mosaic mural. Students from the ASES program created detailed sketches which became the foundation of the design and composition. Ms. Marcial, Ms. Bucio and Principal Garcia oversaw the participation of 41 eager young artists throughout the course of the project. The resulting masterpiece exemplifies the importance of connection and togetherness!

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7. Kennedy Middle School

Kennedy Middle School’s beautiful new wayfinding mosaic mural is now installed around the doorway of their library’s entrance! The Art teacher, Ms. Marcuson was integral to the completion of this project. Almost 50 students participated in the making of this artwork and it will instill school pride in students each time they pass through the threshold for years to come!

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8. Sunflower Elementary School

After Covid-related delays we are so excited to announce the completion of 4 incredible mosaic projects this year at Sunflower Elementary! The mosaics include one school pride medallion and three way finding murals for the office, main office and library. Each is inspired by Sunflower Elementary’s bright and lovely mascot, the sunflower! ASES students had their hands full completing 4 mosaics with the continued support of Principal Quiroz. We could not be happier to finally showcase these beautiful finished masterpieces!

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9. Holtville High School

Holtville High School’s new Library mosaic was created this year to honor the memory of beloved school librarian, Mary Sperber. The mosaic was masterfully constructed by the Holtville High Art Club. This artwork will act as a way finding device to lead eager young readers to the Holtville High Library!


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San Diego & Poway

Numbers at a glance:

1159 Students involved 10 Projects completed 10 Schools



1. Joyner Elementary School

Joyner Elementary School created an incredible sculpted bench complete with 360 degrees of mosaics on all sides! ASES students were inspired by their jaguar mascot, flowers & natural landscapes in their design drawings. Each student prototype was analyzed and included by lead artist Vanessa Machin to create the fun and colorful final design. Inspirational quotes like “we rise by lifting others” and “you can do anything you dream of” were selected by students to uplift their peers and future generations of young learners. We extend our thanks and appreciation to teachers Charity Silvas, Chelsea Wilber, Diana Morales, Imelda Tiong, Maricella Cruz, Monalisa Caldwell, Pamela Maidens-Lhuillier, Veronica Lias and especially ASES lead, Elva Perry and Principal Kuchemba. This project was made possible with generous support from the VAPA Foundation.

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2. Edison Elementary School

Edison Elementary School made a mosaiced masterpiece based on their eagle mascot with an unconventional twist. Students created colorful drawings filled with abstract patterns and geometric shapes when brainstorming for the design of Edison’s new ‘wing’ artworks. With the support of Principal Lee, Lead Artist Ralph Young and teachers Carlos L. Bribiesca, Mary L. Delgado, Jennifer L. Oliger and Tabatha Footman-Robertson, almost 100 4th and 5th grade students participated in the making of Edison’s newest campus masterpiece. Thank you to Price Charities and Vapa foundation for your continued support.

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3. Franklin Elementary School

This year’s “Across The Universe” wayfinding mosaic will help guide Franklin Elementary students and staff to the library building. The artwork’s cosmic theme celebrates the school’s unique STEAM educational program which combines science, technology, art and math to promote multifaceted creative thinking. 3rd through 5th grade students participated in the making of this ‘out of this world’ project. Thank you to lead Artist Ralph Young and Franklin’s Principal and teachers. This project was made possible with generous support from the VAPA Foundation.

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4. Hamilton Elementary School

This year Hamilton Elementary School created a multi-mosaic artwork showcasing their school’s key values of love, community, growth, excellence and advocacy. Student’s drawings were combined to create a single comprehensive design which will be displayed at the school’s main entrance for all to see! With the help of Principal Daley, Lead Artist Thais Gonzalez and teachers Ava Aldcroft, Carlos Ramirez, Shannon Skuce, Roberta Villalobos almost 100 young makers participated in the making of this beautiful work! This project was made possible with generous support from the VAPA Foundation.

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5. Riley Elementary School

Riley Elementary completed 2 amazing benches which had been on hold due to COVID. Both benches are inspired by the ocean and sea creatures! Students completed both beautiful benches with the support of teachers Jana Wagner and Jeremy Parson, lead artist Thais Gonzalez and Principal Busch!

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6. Rowan Elementary School

This year Rowan Elementary School worked on a large scale mosaic mural featuring their roadrunner mascot in its desert habitat! This year Rowan Elementary School worked on a large scale mosaic mural featuring their roadrunner mascot in its desert habitat! This gorgeous artwork based off of student drawings and inspirational quotes will perfectly match last year’s school pride medallion. 2nd through 5th grade students created this mural with the help of teachers Julianne Bredestege, Melissa Campbell, Dyan Littman and Brooke Melling, lead artist Ralph Young and Principal Weber.

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