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Jordan Middle School Unveils “History Of Burbank” Mural

David Starr Jordan Middle School unveiled the mural History of Burbank, a collaboration between Jordan students and professional artist Henry Goods, on Monday, May 22. The expansive mural covers the entire back wall of the Cougar gymnasium and depicts scenes amd images recalling Burbank’s history.

Funded in part with a grant from the Burbank Arts For All Foundation, with donations of paint from two Burbank businesses – Catalina Paints and Bisordi Paint Company, the History of Burbank mural took shape under the leadership of parent Anne Askerneese and Assistant Principal April Weaver.

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Professional muralist Henry Goods worked with Jordan Middle School art students on the “History of Burbank” mural. (Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

To begin the project, all 325 sixth-grade students researched the history of Burbank in their Social Studies classes.

Elaine Rosenberg from the Burbank Historical Society then visited Tamara Fiola’s Advanced Art class to talk about Burbank’s history. The Advanced Art students, in grades 6-8, then sketched out images to include in the mural. The students worked with Goods, painting the mural over a period of several days.

The mural includes scenes of farming, Dr. David Burbank, the Burbank canning industry, Moreland Trucking Co., Heavy Weight Champion boxer James Jefferies who raised prize winning cattle and whose historic farm was later moved to Knotts Berry Farm, the pumpkin-shaped hardware store, Lockheed, film/motion picture studios, Bob’s Big Boy, the Equestrian Center, the Airport, the Metro, Starlight Bowl and more, explained Askerneese.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“Although the mural depicts the wonderful History of Burbank, it is the students who worked on this project that represent our future,” commented Weaver. “They were hardworking and dedicated.”

“We are very proud to share this piece of art with the community, and would love to work with BAFA again to incorporate more art experiences  into our classrooms.”

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“Mr. Goods, Ms. Askernese and Ms. Fiola did an excellent job guiding the students through the process to create a student-centered learning experience,” Weaver added. “The students will remember this project  for the rest of their lives.”

“This is the first mural at Jordan school that has been a collaboration between students and a professional muralist,” said Askerneese, who has assisted on other mural projects at other Burbank Unified school. “The mural has generated excitement on campus. It has inspired students to start new conversations about the history of our city.”

“The mural not only brightens our campus, but it reminds students that they are part of a unique community whose influence and achievements are felt across generations and across the world.”

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Henry Goods Rainforest Mural Unveiled At McKinley

Students and staff at William McKinley Elementary School celebrated the completion of a colorful and expansive Henry Goods rainforest mural on the last day of the fall semester on December 18.

The huge mural was the idea of McKinley parent volunteer and former PTA President Jenny Harris and Robert L. Stevenson Elementary parent volunteer Anne Askerneese. Askerneese had coordinated the “Treasure Island” mural recently painted by Goods at Stevenson Elementary.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

“I had wanted to get a mural done at McKinley for a while, and when Anne approached me, it all came together,” explained Harris. “[McKinley Principal] Mrs. Costella had the exact spot in mind that she wanted to beautify, which is the back wall of the auditorium and the walls wrapping around the cafeteria building.”

Together, Harris and Askerneese wrote a grant application for funding from the Burbank Arts For All Foundation (BAFA) and Askerneese coordinated with mural artist Goods.

BAFA funded the grant request in full and McKinley PTA provided funds to cover additional project costs. Catalina Paints in Burbank donated all of the paint for the project.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

The mural surrounds the lunch area and extends to part of the playground, so McKinley’s students can look at it while they eat their lunches and play on the playground.

“We wanted a jungle theme with a panther, because the mascot of McKinley Elementary School is a black panther,” explained Harris. “I looked to Henri Rousseau’s paintings of the jungle as inspiration and went to the Burbank Central library and did research on black panthers, [called] black jaguars in the Americas.”

“Our mural has a South American rainforest theme, with a black jaguar and other animals and plants from that region.”

Goods used books and photos of the Amazon rainforest region to paint geographically accurate flora and fauna.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

Students and staff at McKinley have been excited to see the mural being created over several months this past fall and talked about the new additions to the artwork every day, added Harris.

Goods is a Los Angeles-based artist who works on canvas and creates murals. He painted the mural surrounding the gas station at Alameda Avenue and Victory Boulevard, near McKinley, in addition to two other murals at gas stations in Burbank.

Goods has created many murals throughout Los Angeles and San Diego, including several at schools. His father was a house painter and Goods began drawing and painting as a child.

“We are so grateful to BAFA, Catalina Paints and to the staff and students at McKinley for their support,” said Harris.

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by © Ross A. Benson)