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 Monarch School Opens New Center for the Arts

Ribbon cutting ceremonyMonarch School, a K-12 school operated by the San Diego County Office of Education that provides a comprehensive educational program for youth experiencing homelessness, is expanding its Creative Youth Development Program by establishing a Center for the Arts in the Barrio Logan community.  

The Chrysalis: Monarch Center for the Arts, named by students at the school, will provide dedicated performance and visual arts spaces for K-12 students, families, and the community to cultivate their own resilience through the power of creative expression.  

The school recently held a ribbon-cutting ceremony and program to celebrate the center’s grand opening in time to begin providing classes to students in this space in the fall. Creating the space was made possible through the generous support of Katherine and Kevin Mac Donald and other philanthropists.

With their own home for the arts, Monarch School will deepen and expand their dance and visual arts programming, while creating and launching programs for theatre, music, media arts, poetry and creative writing, and student entrepreneurial programs.  In addition, Monarch School plans to provide community arts partners and organizations much needed rental space for their own arts programming, expanding its arts network and creating mutually beneficial partnerships that serve the greater community.  

San Diego Mayor Todd Gloria, Supervisor Nathan Fletcher, San Diego County Superintendent of Schools Dr. Paul Gothold, the Monarch Board of Directors, senior staff of the school, and students all attended the ceremony, which also featured student performances.

Students at Monarch School created a mural on the exterior of the new Chrysalis space with local artist and arts educator Araceli Carrerra. The mural was dedicated during the ribbon cutting ceremony to the community of Barrio Logan by students and the artist. The piece adds to the local arts scene in Barrio Logan, which features a myriad of murals painted by local artists and arts organizations.   

Monarch School Project, a 501(c)3, relies on private support to provide students facing homelessness with quality educational opportunities.