How art kept students’ hearts open while their school was shut down

When the San Diego Unified School District shut down all of its schools on March 16 to prevent the spread of coronavirus, nothing about the mural planned for a wall on the campus of the Pacific View Leadership Elementary School in Paradise Hills happened the way it was supposed to. Instead, ArtReach went to Plan P. That is “P” for “Pivot.” Instead of scratching the mural, the ArtReach team figured out a way to re-imagine it. Instead of painting a two-story mural on the wall of the multipurpose room/library, what if they went with a smaller mural made up of individual panels that the 11 participating students could paint at home?

Innovate 8: Paradise Hills students paint mural virtually.

In March, schools closed due the COVID-19 pandemic. 5th grade students at Pacific View Leadership Elementary School in Paradise Hills were set to paint a large mural with the ArtReach Mural Program and mural artist Hanna Gundrum on their library building. With the closure, the art project was put on hold. ArtReach had an alternative plan: a distance mural where students painted virtually via Zoom.

Area Non-Profit Still Finding Ways to Bring the Love of Art to Kids

It’s no surprise, many businesses have been struggling during COVID-19. Some of the hardest-hit organizations are non-profits who rely heavily on donations. ArtReach San Diego is a local non-profit that brings free arts programming and projects to area schools.  They putting together artist kits that volunteers deliver to the doors of kids they work with.

7th annual Party Arty supporting creative youth development throughout San Diego

ArtReach will host our seventh annual Party Arty, a vibrant afternoon in a stunning Rancho Santa Fe home and garden. A playful atmosphere make this a not-to-be-missed event, and the loveliest way to support creative youth development throughout San Diego County. ArtReach promises a stunning afternoon filled with purpose, artists, curated inspiration, music, fine food, craft cocktails and fun.

San Diego Student Artists Unveil Native Youth Mural Honoring Kumeyaay Culture

Students from the San Diego Unified School District Title VI & Johnson O’Malley Indian Education Program, partnered with ArtReach San Diego to participate in a community beautification project. The Native-Youth-led Art Mural Project, was a collaborative effort with the Southern California American Indian Resource Center (SCAIR, Inc.).

Singer-songwriter Jason Mraz Participates in ArtWalk’s Philanthropic Program

Mission Federal ArtWalk is hosting a Surfboard Art Auction in partnership with Rerip, a nonprofit organization that specializes in repurposing surfboards to minimize waste. The auction will benefit ArtReach, Mission Federal ArtWalk’s nonprofit partner that delivers visual arts education to underserved K-8 schools throughout San Diego County.

ArtReach Throws 6th Annual Party Arty

A fundraiser is being held by ArtReach to make sure art education stays in school. NBC 7’s Whitney Southwick talks to two ArtReach members to learn more.

ArtReach and Knockaround Class Acts Program

Check out our feature on the release of the 2018 Class Acts sunglasses which aired LIVE on the FOX 5 San Diego morning show last Monday with Tabitha Lipkin at Rancho Elementary.

Knockaround Releases Sunglasses Designed by Elementary Students to Fun Art Education

The program gives San Diego fourth- and fifth-grade students an opportunity to design their own unique pair of sunglasses. In the past, Knockaround has selected a single winning design to be produced and sold on its website, but this year, the company is expanding the initiative to include three winning designs. This year’s sunglasses became available for purchase on Monday, May 7, at Knockaround.com. As always, 100 percent of Class Acts proceeds will be donated to San Diego County elementary schools through Knockaround’s charitable partner, ArtReach.