Students from Breaking Cycles, Innovations, La Mesa Blended Community School, Monarch, North County Technology and Science Blended Academy, Reflections, and South County Blended Technical Academy will have their artwork displayed in an art gallery, and you're invited to see it. The Momentum Learning students participated in this year's Words Alive Arts Component, creating their own characters, storyboards, and a 30-second animated film based on a set of texts and overarching theme, "presence."
"I really enjoyed creating my animation film," explained student Vanessa Solis. "Animation is about creating the illusion of life, and without an illusion, you can’t create it."
A partnership between Momentum Learning staff and students, Words Alive, San Diego Public Library, and the Chuck Jones Foundation made this unique project possible. Come see for yourself at a student exhibition happening tomorrow from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Chuck Jones Library (232 Fifth Ave., in downtown San Diego). The event is free and refreshments will be provided.
"This the fourth year of the annual Words Alive Teen Services Art & Literary event," explained Words Alive Director of Operations Chrissy Green Califf. "Research tells us that arts in education help students of all ages develop awareness, improve academic performance, enhance scholastic skills and ultimately, find their voice. As a result, it’s imperative that Words Alive continually promotes arts and partnerships with organizations like Chuck Jones Center for Creativity - together, we are able to marry literacy and art within our classrooms to create a bigger, more meaningful impact."
Words Alive volunteer Bijan Nowroozian called the project "something I'll always cherish." For him, "What truly made this project special was the students." He continued, "I cannot praise these children enough in their devotion, creativity, and drive throughout this project. The stories and the art these kids created for their projects floored me."
For more information, please contact Words Alive at 858-274-9673.