The Chula Vista-based nonprofit SBCS received a $38,000 grant to lead a community engagement project with XoQUE-Art in Motion art collaborative that aims to create hope, synthesize values, and contribute to self & community identity through a mural at Lauderbach Park.
The California Arts Council awarded a total of $72 million in 2022 for projects throughout the state, the largest investment in its 46-year history. This was largely fueled by a $40 million one-time boost the state allocated for its 2021-22 budget.
“We are delighted to receive this award and bring the mural project to fruition. The arts are a powerful source of good in our community, enabling us to inspire hope and bring people together. We are thrilled to continue our important work in South Bay and are grateful for the youth and resident leaders who are championing this effort. These dynamic leaders will be commemorated in the mural for their dedication and contributions,” said Kathryn Lembo, president & CEO of SBCS in a press release.
The organization said the project, which will be facilitated by art therapists, will embody the many cultures represented in South Bay communities. The project aims to improve cognitive and sensorimotor functions, foster self-esteem and self-awareness, enhance social skills, reduce and resolve conflicts and distress, and advance societal or ecological change.
The project will begin next month with community workshops, where community members can brainstorm and guide the design and size of the mural.