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New Mural Class Project at San Francisco State University for Project Rebound
The True Colors Mural Project’s collaboration with San Francisco State University’s Project Rebound will create an engaging, powerful and monumental work of art in the Cesar Chavez Student Union. It will reflect Project Rebound’s mission of providing positive alternatives to university students who have recently been released from prison. Project Rebound is a one-of-a-kind, special admissions program assisting formerly incarcerated individuals who are making their transition from prison back into society. For over 40 years, SFSU’s Project Rebound has served as a gateway for many; acting as a liaison between the students and resources offered both on campus and in surrounding communities.
The TCMP/Project Rebound Mural collaboration connects communities, while depicting contrasting social realities. San Francisco State University and True Colors Mural artists will come together to create an engaging and educational mural for the broad college community. One objective for this mural is to inspire formally incarcerated people to achieve their personal and educational aspirations. In addition, this mural is meant to encourage inquiry and facilitate dialogue surrounding the prison industrial complex and its effects on those incarcerated and their families. A major goal of the project will be to make the unseen seen, by using images and concepts that visually express both the experience of life behind bars and the transcendence to personal autonomy. The transformation from a blank wall in a central, light-filled staircase, to a series of beautiful and intricate images serves as a metaphor of the transition from life as an inmate to the endless possibilities of a free member of society.
The TCMP/SFSU project will require participants to learn about mural history throughout the Bay Area, traditional mural painting techniques, and the use of art for social change by participating in a two-semester course at Berkeley City College taught by muralists Tirso Ariaza and Juana Alicia. Master artists who have been painting murals for over thirty years, they will direct instruction in: site-specific design, historical and community-based research, cartoon transferring, and acrylic painting techniques. Juana Alicia and Tirso Araiza, with their students, have been building bridges and working alongside various organizations/communities throughout the Bay Area.
In closing, this narrative mural will be a student-driven collaboration between SFSU’s Project Rebound, TCMP of Berkeley City College, and community members. The art will be an empowering expression of Project Rebound’s history that inspires and educates through the concept of change and manifestation of one’s greatest potential through higher education. Furthermore, it will raise the consciousness of our communities by demystifying the negative stereotypes associated with those who are and have been incarcerated.
New Studio Art Laboratory Class Offered for the First Time this Semester!
ART 119 PAINTING THE FIGURE IN CONTEXT
The Art Department and Public Art Program are Proud to Announce Our New Mural in Berkeley City College Atrium
Welcome to the Berkeley City College Visual Art Department. Our program features studio classes, art history classes, a Certificate in Figure Drawing, a Public Art program, and many talented faculty. Here you can find information on student and faculty shows, projects, faculty profiles, course descriptions, links to faculty web sites, contact and course information.
Certificates of Achievements in Public Art, Figure Drawing
and Art History
We are currently very excited to announce the new Public Art Certificate of Achievement, in addition to our existing certificate programs in Figure Drawing and Art History. The petition to to apply or petition is March 21st, and you can do so here:
Please note that it is a different form that the one used for Associates degrees.The details for the Art certificates are available to students here:
Updated AAT and Certificate Info
Students can complete their portion of the petition form and then they are recommended to contact the counseling office to schedule an appointment with a counselor to file the petition, if they have completed all the requirements or a currently taking the final requirements needed. Please contact Department Chair Jennifer Braman at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.