Redwood City, CA—Artwork created by students in the San Mateo County Office of Education’s (SMCOE) Hillcrest School will be featured in an upcoming exhibition at the Walt Disney Family Museum in San Francisco. The Exhibition, Fresh Starts, will present juried artwork created by incarcerated youth in art-making sessions facilitated by museum staff at three juvenile detention centers in the Bay Area.
As part of the program, museum educators regularly visited Hillcrest School, one of SMCOE’s Court Schools, and provided ongoing instruction and support in storytelling, storyboarding, animation, painting, collage, and additional artistic techniques. This intensive process was designed to encourage participants to develop and explore new identities beyond their incarceration.
The program made an immediate and positive impact on students who participated. According to Evette Ascani, a teacher in SMCOE’s Court Schools, “The other day, a student who has been participating in The Walt Disney Family Museum outreach program at our facility stopped me and said: 'I want to thank you for bringing the Disney Museum teachers here. I feel so alive when I am doing artwork and the good feeling lasts for a few days. Thank you!'”
The students’ artwork will be on view from September 26, 2018 to January 7, 2019, at the Walt Disney Family Museum located in the Presidio of San Francisco.
The San Mateo County Office of Education is committed to ensuring excellence and equity in education by inspiring students, investing in teachers, invigorating leaders, and involving communities.