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Burbank High School Arts Program Dedicates New Mural Collaboration With Nickelodeon

Students and teachers at Burbank High School dedicated a new mural made in collaboration with Nickelodeon interns and artists on Thursday, April 18. Students from all of the Burbank High School Arts programs, including dance, film, instrumental and visual arts disciplines, celebrated with performances and an open-air art and performance space at the after school event.

The huge mural covers the quad-facing façade of the Building 2 Arts Building and wraps around towards the Wolfson Auditorium entry way.

Ana Cristina Varela is pictured with her creative mural artwork. (Photo by Ross A Benson)

“The mural represents the spirit of creativity that is the foundation of our arts at Burbank High School,” commented Jonelle Pickett, BHS Animation & Sculpture Instructor. “It is the determined thought, reflection and revision, combined with skill and dedication, that allows ALL our student artists to envision and produce extraordinary representations in a variety of artistic formats.”

“While our art forms may look divided by discipline, we are actually at root very much united in our quest to allow our students powerful ways to envision ideas and express themselves,” she added.

Burbank High senior Ana Cristina Varela shows off her design that became the new façade of the BHS Arts buiding. (Photo By Ross Benson)

“Dance, drama, vocal and instrumental music, digital design and film arts, broadcast journalism, drawing, painting, sculpture, animation, and theater tech – our students find their place to belong, to create and to shine.”

“The new mural acts as an umbrella that reminds us of this unity as it now greets students to class and guests to performances,” Pickett said.

The mural was sponsored by Nickelodeon Community Efforts (NICE) and is the first student-designed and -led NICE mural project.

Burbank High students and Nickelodeon interns collaborated to bring the new Arts building mural to life. (Photo By Ross Benson)

Senior Ana Cristina Varela, a fourth year BHS Animation student, designed the mural and “ran the entire project – from concept meetings, material lists, and scheduling to directing the painting process –  and also oversaw all the mural designed artwork,” explained Pickett.

About 20 Nickelodeon interns and artists and more than 35 Burbank High School Animation and Sculpture students worked together over one week to bring the mural to fruition.

(Photo By Ross Benson)

“BHS students were side by side with interns and artists, discussing their passion for their art form, as well as educational pathways and future possibilities,” added Pickett. “This mural transformed a space as well as minds.”

Burbank High Animation students also created a short film, t-shirts and a Snapchat filter to promote the BHS Arts collaboration.

The BHS Animation students’ film can be viewed here: https://youtu.be/KfrsHs2Iarg.

BUSD Horace Mann Child Development Center Gains New Murals

Burbank Unified School District officials unveiled new murals created by Nickelodeon interns at the Horace Mann Child Development Center on Thursday, April 13. The murals decorate the front of the child care center and the art shed, located on the playground.

Perla Leyvas, Supervisor of the Horace Mann Child Development Center, worked with the spring semester Nickterns to develop the murals.

(L) Stephanie Fields (Coordinator-Child Development Department), Sarah Yi (Nickelodeon Intern), Bird Banfe (Nickelodeon Intern), Annalisa Race (Nickelodeon Intern), Isaiah Kim (Nickelodeon Intern), Caitlin Gillman (Nickelodeon Intern), Peter Knapik (Director of Elementary Education) (R) Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

“We wanted to include a deer since it is our school mascot,” Leyvas explained. “I also wanted nature to be depicted since our school has the beautiful hills as a backdrop and we are fortunate to see many wildlife roaming the hills.”

“I wanted ‘imagination’ to also be part of the design,” Leyvas added, noting Horace Mann Child Development center serves children ages three months to four years of age.

The Nickterns submitted six different mural designs for Leyvas’ consideration and “it was a difficult decision to choose only two, because all the designs were wonderful.”

(L) Stephanie Fields (Coordinator-Child Development Department), Perla Leyvas (Supervisor – Horace Mann), Annalisa Race (Nickelodeon Intern), Isaiah Kim (Nickelodeon Intern), Sarah Yi (Nickelodeon Intern), Caitlin Gillman (Nickelodeon Intern), Bird Banfe (Nickelodeon Intern), Peter Knapik (Director of Elementary Education) (R) Photo By: Edward Tovmassian

The young children at the Center were very excited and inspired, watching the Nickterns stenciling the mural layout on the shed.

The youngsters asked for chalk “so that they too could draw while the interns were sketching. Each day the children watched in awe as the murals progressed,” Leyvas said.

The Nickterns worked from April 3 through April 12 on the murals, spending most days on site until 8:00 p.m.

“We are so grateful to Nickelodeon for the murals, and once the construction is completed and we move to our building we can’t wait for everyone to see the mural in the front of our school.”

Nickelodeon Interns Brighten Miller Elementary With Massive Mural

Nickelodeon interns recently completed a gigantic mural lining Joaquin Miller Elementary’s lunch shelter. The painting depicts the school’s mascot, a jaguar, in the forest, under water and in outer space.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

The Nickelodeon volunteers spent hours of preparation designing the mural and multiple afternoons after school hours painting the colorful installation.

“We chose to put the mural in our lunch shelter because it was an area that students passed by and came to everyday,” commented Miller Elementary Principal Judy Hession. “There is a large wall that students look at as they are eating their snack and/or lunch. Why not brighten it up with a mural?”

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Joaquin Miller Elementary Principal Judy Hession stands in the foreground as intern volunteers from Nickelodeon work on a massive mural for the school’s lunch shelter. (Photo by Ross A. Benson)

“We also included a list of traits at the bottom of the mural that represents what our students are working on all year long in addition to the academics: Striving for Excellence, Respect, Honesty, Responsibility and Peacebuilders,” said Hession.

“I did want to thank Carson Smith from Nickelodeon for coordinating this project and all 14 of the interns who came out to Miller to paint the mural during this past week,” added Hession.

“A very special thank you to Annathalia (Thalia) Nalapraya for working with me at the school site, Catharina (Cat) Sukiman for designing the artwork and Chelsea Jauregui for putting together the color scheme for the mural,” she continued.

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

(Photo by Ross A. Benson)

Eleven additional members of Nickelodeon’s Fall 2014 intern class helped realize the massive mural: Eli Barraza, Olivia Burgher, Sara Cook, Jeff Dirdack, Kenya Foster, Brian Hill, Lacey Kaelani, Kevin Lam, Andrew Megow, James Mosley II and Karissa Valencia.

“The students have been talking about how much they like the mural as they watched it being painted,” Hession also said. ” What a wonderful thing to have students excited and talking about”