The park next to Horton Plaza is getting a major facelift right now, but the barrier surrounding it is about to become much more appealing.
Students at the Monarch School found out today they'll help to paint a mural on temporary walls surrounding that construction. The school serves kids whose families have been impacted by homelessness.
This mural is the collaborative vision and effort of NBC 7 San Diego, Westfield Horton Plaza, artist Stephen Fishwick’s team at Launch Live Art and The Monarch School. Frazee Paint will donate all the supplies for this project.
The mural, of 20 individual panels, will ultimately be auctioned off section by section to benefit The Monarch School.
The students will be working with an artist who did a special live art exhibition for them Wednesday.
One staff member said allowing these kids to paint something that will be seen by so many people makes them feel like they belong somewhere.
“Oh, it's great because it shows the students that they are part of the community,” said Chuy Nunez from Monarch School. “It shows the students that they have a lot to offer to the community, that their talents are being noticed, that their talents are special, and that they can do something that is going to be long lasting."
The students will be working on the mural project after school, three days a week.