Students from Jordan Plus High School have worked closely with local artist Guillermo Avalos and art teacher Reba Castaneda to paint a large mural near Artesia Boulevard and Atlantic Avenue behind the Golden State Humane Society. The project is part of Long Beach’s Creative Corridor challenge set forth by City Councilman Rex Richardson. The challenge is an initiative to change spaces in the community, beautify open, unused areas, and create destinations that have a positive impact on the community.
Students worked on the project on Saturdays and on weekdays after school. Casteneda was a Jordan High School student when she first met artist Avalos through a mural and cultural arts program in Long Beach ten years ago.
“I have learned from him and with him on several mural projects in the past,” Casteneda said. “It has been a joy to reconnect and work with Mr. Avalos, guest artists Mario Aguirre, and my students. To be part of a multigenerational project to beautify the community has been an amazing experience. I see the positive impact it is having on my students as well. Future projects are already being planned for more sites in North Long Beach, and on site at the Jordan Plus campus.”