by Photo courtesy of the Monarch School

The Monarch School in Bario Logan will hold a Monarch Metamorphosis Art Exhibition, signaling the long-awaited grand opening of The Chrysalis: Monarch School’s Center for the Arts, dedicated to students experiencing homelessness and the community at large. 

Students and staff prepared a three-day festivity that will take place from May 11 through May 13 to celebrate the opening of their new arts center, The Chrysalis. This 6,000 ft space, featuring a hand-painted mural by local artist Araceli Carerra, encompasses Monarch School's Creative Youth Development (CYD) programs and the opportunity for local artists and the community to come together. 

The three-day celebration will kick off with a Flutter Fest Community event on May 11 from 3-7 p.m that is free and open to the public. The Metamorphosis Art Exhibition will open on May 12 from 12-4 p.m, to showcase paintings, photography, fiber arts, and sculptures of Monarch students, collaborations between students and local artists, and artworks by San Diego regional artists, all inspired by themes of growth, resilience, and change. 

Festivities will finish off with a Metamorphosis Exhibition and Cocktail Reception on May 13 from 6-9 p.m. Artworks created for the exhibition will be auctioned off through an opportunity drawing during the reception. All proceeds will support Monarch’s Creative Youth Development program. 

More than 500 people are expected to attend the three days of festivities. The nonprofit is hosting an online auction of select artworks, which is currently open for review and bids at

The Chrysalis was conceptualized during the pandemic, and continues the evolution of Monarch School Project’s arts program, creating a visual and performing arts department that follows a CYD model, a holistic approach that engages youth through art and creativity to promote and support their personal well being. 

According to the Monarch School Project, there are plans to invite community arts partners and organizations to rent out the space for their own community programming, expanding their network to benefit the community. 

To learn more about the Monarch School, the Monarch Metamorphosis Art Exhibition, or The Chrysalis: Monarch School’s Center for the Arts, visit

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