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To whom this may concern at Miramonte High School and the Acalanes School District,
As supporters of the Miramonte High School Visual Arts program, we are writing to you on behalf of the Miramonte High School art center. It has been brought to our attention that this beautiful center will be turned into a student wellness center and the visual art program will be downsized into a smaller classroom. The Miramonte High School visual arts program has constantly been under scrutiny from the academic and athletic minded Acalanes School District and we are asking to you support your arts community by giving them the proper tools and space they need to thrive. A student union, wellness center, or tutoring center can be in any classroom or cafeteria space, but a proper art center cannot be in any other classroom for reasons we describe below.
The Miramonte High School art center was designed to be an art center, and no other space at MHS has its necessary features for art-making. The upstairs gallery provides inspiration to each year of students and a crucial space for critiques to take place. Cubbies in the sliding wall are ideal for laying projects flat for drying and safe keeping. The downstairs studio spaces allow for privacy when artists are exploring and creating their AP Art projects. The multi-level floor plan of the center enables students to communicate their art easily with their peers and the teacher, while still having private work areas. Huge windows provide natural light which is crucial for an artist of any age. This art center was built for artists, and artists need proper creative space to grow their skills. In the way you would not make a football player practice in a swimming pool or tell a biology student to dissect a frog in the drama theatre — the visual arts center is the home of the visual arts practice.
Miramonte High School visual art graduates have gone on to attend prestigious art schools (with scholarships) and made waves in the world-wide arts community. There are MHS visual arts grads working as illustrators, animators, directors, fine artists, filmmakers, industrial designers, and more. These former art students are making waves in the world and it was thanks to the crucial art center and safe haven during those hard teenage years. Over the years these students have attended board meetings to speak up for the visual arts program, provided relationships for MHS kids wanting to go to art school, and worked hard to raise up young artists. It saddens us to know this program is being relegated to a less functional location, and yet again art kids art being told they are second rate MHS students, unworthy of a proper creative space.
We ask that you keep the Miramonte High School visual arts program in the visual arts center, and continue to make sure visual artists are supported and that their growth is encouraged during their time at MHS.
The Friends of the Miramonte High School Art Center (signatures below)
To add your signature and name to this letter, please comment with your:
- YEAR YOU GRADUATED (or “current student”, “teacher”, or “parent”)
- Optional: A comment or story about why the art center is important to you
I ask that you only comment if you are a current student/former student/teach at MHS/are a parent of a student/or are in some way affiliated with Miramonte High School in Orinda California. Please leave the comments as a space for those who love the MHS art center.