Students Say…

“Art is not always perfect but is always beautiful. We can all be better learners. We really enjoyed art with you, and know that it costs money to have ArtReach classes. Without ArtReach we couldn’t have art.” – Foster Elementary Student

“Thank you so much for teaching me how to express myself. I used to be sort of embarrassed to show my artwork, but now I am not. I used to think I was just a regular girl who’s not good at anything, but you showed me that I have many talents inside of me.” – Ramona Elementary Student

“I chose to make a piece that really represents me. I’m epileptic and I made this to remind myself I’m not alone. There were no problems in deciding what I wanted to do for my mural. I know it should represent an important part of my life. I made it in the desert to remind myself where I had my first seizure, on the dirt field at Linda Vista Elementary School. It’s for the people of San Diego.” – Linda Vista Elementary Student

Mural Participants Say…

Over the course of my Mural Artist Apprenticeship I have been honored to be able to work with ArtReach and participate in really fun projects. Painting the rooftop mural at “The Carl” was an amazing opportunity for me and I learned so much from Hanna, the artist, and Izzy, my Program Manager. They were so helpful and gave me a lot of advice on painting techniques and some career tips. This experience has given me more clarity about my future and how I want to be involved in the art community. I was really excited to be able to help paint something for the public and have them appreciate it too. Before this experience I wasn’t sure if I wanted to make public art but being able to brighten up our community has made me realize that I definitely want to pursue it. ArtReach has given me an experience that many others wouldn’t be able to have at this point in their careers and I’m extremely thankful for it.” – Anjolie Serna De Leon, Mural Artist Apprentice

“This project was a new experience for me, but I couldn’t have spent these past six weeks doing anything better. By taking part in this art mural project I have learned many new artistic skills. I have also learned a lot more about native culture, its background, and history. I feel very honored to be a part of this project and to be able to express who we are and our culture to the community.” – S.C.A.I.R. Youth Mural Artist

“What I like most about getting to paint murals after school is, I get to be creative and the whole school gets to see it. Wednesdays have become one of my favorite days of the week because of this program.” – El Cajon Valley High School Student

School and Community Partners Say…

“I can’t tell you what a wonderful experience it was! It was exhilarating to see them so engaged in their artwork and their own designs and thinking. I never knew I had such talented students!”– Juliane Krueger-Selle, Montgomery Middle School Teacher

“ArtReach has provided amazing opportunities for our students. The art lessons have made the students use their brains in a different manner. The program has also inspired and supported students with artistic potential by giving them tools to make their artistic thoughts come alive. A window of possibility has been opened for them. Some of our students who deal with social and emotional problems found an outlet to express themselves in art which has been helpful in guiding students in using strategies to support their mental health.” – Pixie Sulser, Ramona Elementary Principal

“As teachers, we know how important it is for kids to be exposed to art and ArtReach has made it possible for our team to bring experiences to our students that we could not provide on our own. These lessons have given the students opportunity to experience success and joy through art. It is so rewarding to hear kids talking about art, encouraging one another, and complimenting each other’s work. Our students have exhibited new depths of creativity, patience, and focus since participating in the program.” – Liz Weaver, Rancho Elementary School Teacher

“I’m so endlessly proud and grateful for the kids who participated and saw out their vision for this mural; for the greater visibility this mural creates for the local Indigenous community and the power it holds in helping to bring healing, through the decolonization of space, one wall at a time.” – Frank Pancucci, Sites Director of S.C.A.I.R.

Funders Say…

“Individual work was skillfully blended into unique collaborative pieces for each participant. This process was a powerful method that emphasized the existence of each individual’s expression and the interdependence that exists in every community. Amazing, relevant, and spot on facilitation by ArtReach. Extremely satisfying to see the outcomes of our Foundation’s support.” – Pete Cohen, Appley Foundation Board Member