Students are brightening up a neighborhood and learning about the importance of community, all thanks to a local artist.
Armed with paints and brushes, artist and muralist Jaque Fragua started a transformation of the Wilson Pool near San Pedro and Gibson with some help from the students at Holy Ghost Catholic School. He says art can help students in other areas of their education.
“It’s important to bring creativity to the classroom because creativity is essentially the solution to a lot of different problems,” said Fragua. “Whether it’s mathematics or science or any of the STEM areas of discipline, creativity creates a space for imagination and allows kids to think outside the box.”
Fragua says working with students and teaching them about contributing to their community is a big motivation behind his continued work as an artist. He says creativity through art can also go beyond the classroom.
“I think those kinds of stories help fuel their motivation for continuing to seek out creativity and learn how to apply whatever their passion is into their own lives,” said Fragua.
The mural project is also seen as an effort in bringing the community together.
“I think the big part of why I do what I do as an artist is to continue to contribute to society on a large scale, but also create some sort of positive impact within the local level,” said Fragua. “To me, I think that’s really important for a space, such as this, where there’s a lot of different communities and populations coming together and when you can create those intersections, then that, for me, creates a more harmonious space for people to live.”
Fragua says he hopes to work with students on more public projects for the city.
You can see the new mural at the Wilson Pool. It opens for the season over Memorial Day weekend.