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The HeArt Project in partnership with Man One

Project Area: Mid City Project Area
Project: Pio Pico Elementary School Mural
Project Location: 1512 S. Arlington Avenue
Project Type: CRA/LA initiated


As a component of the HeArt Project’s visual art residency program, Artist Man One worked with continuation high school students to design and paint an inspirational artwork for the interior courtyard at Pio Pico Elementary School. A six-week series of workshops took place at Crewest Gallery and on school campus where artists collaborated with Pio Pico Elementary students on the mural’s design. As the positive image of urban life in the Mid City neighborhood, a hand of good gesture reaches upwards from a growing tree of community, towards success in life through education.

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Founded in 1992 by Cynthia Campoy Brophy, the HeArt Project was created to address the lack of arts education programs for Los Angeles teenagers, specifically teenagers in alternative high schools who have dropped out, been expelled, incarcerated, and/or are teen parents.  The HeArt Project partners these troubled youths with professional artists, cultural centers, and communities to imagine, produce, and present new artworks.  The HeArt Project has received widespread recognition for its work by the California Arts Council, the Los Angeles County Arts Commission, and the City of Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs.  Evaluations of the Project’s effects on the students have repeatedly revealed an outstanding positive influence on scholarship and graduation, along with demonstrated improvement in in personal responsibility, community participation, and communication skills.