Colorful Murals to Add Beauty and Spark Curiosity at 21 LAUP Preschools Throughout LAUSD
The role of art in Early Childhood Education has long been established as an important part of exposing children to knowledge that helps them to become better prepared for kindergarten and beyond.
With that understanding, LAUP has embarked on a joint project with the Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD), which will result in colorful murals being painted at 21 preschools housing LAUP students throughout the district.
Melanie Rabiroff, an LAUSD Administrative Coordinator, said the school district believes the murals will induce many children to ask questions that will be beneficial to them as part of their learning process.
"When kids look at the murals and they're sparked to ask a question, that's the beginning of the educational experience," she explained. "Aesthetically, the murals are also very beautiful."
So far, Los Angeles-based Muralist Sherrill Kuffel has completed two murals at Vine Street Early Education Center and at the Huntington Park Elementary Preschool. Murals at the remaining 19 preschools will be completed by next fall, Kuffel said. Each mural measures about 200 square feet long.
"These murals improve and beautify the preschool campuses and raise awareness and attract attention to them, which helps increase enrollment by raising the visibility of the preschools," she said.