“Logic will get you from A to B. Imagination will take you everywhere.” – Albert Einstein
One of our major company goals for this year was to expand our community outreach and philanthropy. Knowing firsthand the impact that creativity, art and education can have on someone’s life, Diesel Films chose to support Beautify Earth, a local non-profit that helps turn dull walls into beautiful murals in communities around the world. We teamed up with Kid Wiseman, an LA artist who strongly believes in social activism and the impact art and creativity can have on students’ lives.
For our first project, we “beautified” West Adams High School, an inner city high school in downtown Los Angeles. Not only did we want to brighten the mood of the school, but it was important to us to provide students the opportunity to be creative, as many arts programs in LA schools have been eliminated due to budget cuts and greater emphasis on standardized testing. While many states require arts education at all grade levels, these policies are not always reflected in the actual schools. In LA, a number of schools don’t have enough art teachers to offer all four disciplines (dance, music, theater and visual art) required by law, despite being just miles from the epicenter of arts and entertainment.
The blank wall before priming and painting.
The tables below give you a snapshot of how many students are involved in arts programs in the LA Unified School District as a whole and at West Adams High (Source: Create CA). While the number of students involved in arts programs at West Adams High exceeds the district average, it still remains just over half.
LA Unified Schools
Since it was the end of the school year and graduation time, Kid Wiseman wanted to evoke a summer vibe for the mural.