CommUNITY Paint Day
Creating Unity in our Community one paint stroke at a time.
The City of Rancho Cucamonga and some dedicated community members transformed an ordinary intersection near Los Amigos Elementary School at Baker Avenue and 9th Street into a vibrant public space. This CommUNITY Paint Day, held on September 29, 2018, was the culmination of direct collaboration with Los Amigos Elementary School, neighborhood residents, community partners, local graphic artists and City staff. The project was funded in part by a grant from Southern California Association of Governments and was created entirely by this community.
Healthy RC hosted community meetings in the Los Amigos Elementary School neighborhood to provide residents and students the opportunity to voice their vision for the mural design. Janet Temkin, Superintendent of Cucamonga School District, reflected on the City's collaboration with the school and said, "From the very beginning, our students were allowed the opportunity to participate in the engagement process to share their hopes, dreams and values in depicting a design for this project." Chaffey College art student and resident, Vincent Jimenez, helped bring the community's vision of unity and diversity to life.
In addition to giving neighborhood residents, students, teachers and community members the opportunity to paint the mural onto the intersection, individuals also enjoyed the many festivities offered at the CommUNITY Paint Day. Musical entertainment was provided by two local artists: Red Grammer and an 11-year-old alumnus of Los Amigos Elementary School, DJ Thunder. Kids from the community also enjoyed face painting, a bike rodeo to promote bicycle and pedestrian safety, and a cooking demonstration by Chef Geno to promote healthy eating. The CommUNITY Paint Day event attracted over 300 participants and helped forge strong ties among community members. Superintendent Temkin further commented on the positive impact this project will have on students and said, "Students have learned that their voice is important, can be heard and that they can be a part of something greater in their community by working together." Healthy RC would like to thank everyone who were a part of this first ever CommUNITY Paint Day!