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Manteca Mural Museum - Manteca, CA
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Bernd das Brot Team
N 37° 47.803 W 121° 12.719
10S E 657421 N 4184766
Quick Description: A collection of over 100 murals at Manteca High School
Location: California, United States
Date Posted: 7/26/2008 7:33:30 PM
Waymark Code: WM49TG
Published By: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill
Views: 90

Long Description:

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For years on end, Manteca High School, like many other schools in the country, was plagued with a giant graffiti problem. In 1996, the school's art teacher addressed the problem in a creative way, improving the school’s appearance and giving students a sense of pride and ownership at the same time.
The result was the Manteca High School Mural Museum, the only student-generated museum at any public school in the country.

Every year, art students pick pieces from well-known (and lesser known) classic and contemporary artists and create their own version. For many of the students who have never visited an art gallery, the museum allows them to explore art and participate in it.

Today, the museum features 160 murals (with 8 new ones being added every year) and art is one of the most popular classes in school. In 2003, the city of Manteca followed the school's lead and established a downtown mural project to beautify the city.
In 2008, the creative teacher and founder of the high School Mural Museum, Mr. Kirt Giovannoni was honored with an "Hero in Education" award.

Here are some of the pictures we took (in no particular order).

Walking the high school grounds is a learning experience not only for high school students. The author of this waymark admits that he only knew eleven of the more than 100 featured artists. We filled that gap after our visit and thinking that there might be others like us, we linked wikipedia biographies to every artist we took a picture of. (Couldn't find anything about Ferinand Legar, though.)

Click on the picture for a larger image and click on the name for the biography. Also, check out the museum's website for a lot more pictures.

Angelico&Duccio Braque&Botero
Christo&Tintoretto Cole
19th Century Chinese Ancient Egyptian Hokusai
da Vinci Dürer
Giotto Johns
Messen-Jaschin Nevelson ross
Ferinand Legar Riley
Shotei&Bua Vallejo
Name: Manteca Mural Museum

Manteca High School 450 E. Yosemite Ave. Manteca, CA 95336

Phone Number: (209) 825-3150

Web Site: [Web Link]

Agency/Ownership: Academic Affilation

Hours of operation:
at school hours

Cafe/Restaurant: no

Admission Fee: Not listed

Gift Shop: Not Listed

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