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Collaborative Public Art Project  |  September 2023 - June 2024   |  MUSD Elementary Students

Special yearlong student art project funded by California Arts Council

Signs of Courage

Filming by Tallulah Coleman, Editing & Graphics by Melissa Sabol

Video Editing by Jorge Davies, Graphics by Melissa Sabol

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OVERVIEW

Signs of Courage is a public art project collaboratively created by MUSD 6th grade students and professional practicing artists. The final art installation will consist of 11 art signs (think road sign mural) that present positive and encouraging messages in response to challenging issues students face. These 11 signs will be temporarily installed together at the 29 Palms Community Center and the project will be documented in a short film and screened in 2024. 


For 9 months during the 2023-24 school season, our teaching artists will guide a group of 6th grade students at all elementary schools through a series of visual art projects that encourage students to openly explore social and emotional issues. Each teaching artist will work with students on projects that express themselves via messaging, graphic imagery, typeface, color, shape, and scale.

ARTISTS

Rhonda Coleman

Rhonda Lane Coleman

Lead Artist
 

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Claudia Bucher

Teaching Artist

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Tayler Straziuso

Teaching Artist

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Melissa Sabol

Lead Artist &
Graphic Designer

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Wendy Hunt

Teaching Artist

Jacobine van der Meer

Jacobine Van Der Meer

Teaching Artist

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Jorge Davies

Lead Artist &
Filmmaker

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Jen Shakti

Teaching Artist

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Devino Tricoche

Teaching Artist

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Sarah LaChance

Lead Artist
 

Meg Shannon

Meg Shannon

Teaching Artist

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Margeaux Walter

Teaching Artist

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Kait Bretz

Teaching Artist
 

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Heather Sprague

Teaching Artist

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Marcia Winn

Teaching Artist

DETAILS

CORE PROGRAM

All Students  |  First Four Months

We will use our Core Program of featured artist videos, art project videos, and classroom instruction to provide a foundation for Signs of Courage. The first four monthly core projects will expose all students to messaging, graphic imagery, typeface, color and shape to convey ideas. This will allow all students, not just 6th graders, to have exposure to the process, and a solid understanding when they vote on the signs at the end of the year.

(Projects 1-5 from Season 5)

ART JOURNALS

All Students  |  All Year

At the beginning of the year, ALL students will be given materials to create a special Art Journal where they can safely express themselves and creatively experiment with images and words. We will provide weekly prompts to get them started.

(Art Journal Project)

THOUGHT BOX

All Students  |  All Year

Throughout the year, students will have access to the ThoughtBox, which is where students can anonymously deposit thoughts, feelings, and concerns.

SIGNS OF COURAGE CLASSES

6th Graders  |  Oct 2023 - May 2024

6th grade Students will have one extra art class per month, where they’ll work with the teaching artists to further explore these ideas and develop art signs. Our teaching artists will filter the anonymous info that comes from the ThoughtBoxes to our 6th students who will work on creating positive messages and building out the signs. These specialized classes will be student centered, require collaboration, create a sense of community, and allow students to take charge of a large-scale project.

PUBLIC ART EXHIBITION & SHORT FILM

2024 Date to be Announced 

The final art installation will consist of 11 art signs (think road sign mural) that present positive and encouraging messages in response to challenging issues students face. These 11 signs will be temporarily installed together at the 29 Palms Community Center and the project will be documented in a short film and screened.

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