I recently left my wonderful job at Hurley as Community Outreach Artist Coordinator to freelance full time. My final outreach project was a mural at Davis Magnet School, a Science/Math/Technology focused elementary school in Costa Mesa, CA.
The Principal, Christy Flores, and some amazing PTA parents reached out to me about painting a wall at their flag deck. I met with the ASB students and their teachers Mrs. Holman & Mrs. Danahy to ask what made them proud of their school, what makes it special, and what did they want the world to know about Davis? It turns out Davis is a magical place with a ton of fun programs and exciting projects so the students had a LOT to share! Let's just say "Lego Robotics" is part of the curriculum. Dream school. The school mascot is a duck, so the robot duck inside the letter "D" was one little girl's idea that we definitely had to use.
Josh and I came back with a design that incorporated the students' ideas and the 5 core values of the school--the last 2 of which are news to most adults I know, so don't let anybody tell you the kids aren't alright.
We enjoyed some painting help from the ASB students and about a million questions from small, curious humans. We also had more rain in 6 days than we've had all year. (fun fact: painting an outdoor mural on a tight deadline is the most effective rain dance known to man.) There is an actual marching band at Davis, and they were playing the theme from Rocky. So we painted that music coming out of the horn in the letter "S."
When the wall was all finished, we were invited back to the morning assembly where the students all thanked us and gave us handmade cards and letters. AND flowers. !!!?! It was the best possible project and we were so glad to work with such an amazing school.