California-Inspired Mosaic for Melrose Leadership Academy

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Me with MLA parents, MLA's Principal Moyra Contreras (in white) and the artist Juan Lopez, in the blue shirt.

Yesterday was the unveiling of a new tile mosaic at Melrose Leadership Academy (MLA), a K-8 school in Maxwell Park.  MLA already has lots of great art in the form of murals, all over the school. Now they also have a beautiful tile mosaic that features native California plants.

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 According to the artist, Juan Lopez, he chose butterflies as the focus of the mural because of the MLA community's focus on serving immigrant and Spanish-speaking families.  Butterflies migrate, and so have many of the families in the MLA community.

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The artist, Juan Lopez, has done other tile mosaics all over Oakland.  He shared that the migration that monarch butterflies do from Mexico to North America takes five generations for a family to complete, and how that is like human families as well, the sacrifice and struggle of each generation to make life better for the next.

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Left to right: Me, Principal Moyra Contreras, and the artist, Juan Lopez

The mural is at the corner of Monticello and Fleming in Maxwell Park.  Maxwell Park is becoming an art mecca between MLA and Maxwell Park's existing tile mosaics.  Come check it out!

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