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Marina Vista Elementary Transforms Campus Using Giant Photographs in Collaboration with Inside Out Project, Turnaround Arts: California


October 17, 2018

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Jacob Campbell, [email protected], o. (310) 482-3134, c. (805) 471-6429

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MARINA, CA -- Marina Vista Elementary Arts Academy in the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District launched the 2018-2019 school year as a Turnaround Arts partner school -- one of 27 schools in California and over 80 nationwide, to date. On October 22, 2018, Turnaround Arts: California will host an Inside Out Project Group Action to support Marina Vista in making a bold, visual statement about the school’s commitment to leveraging the arts for educational equity.

“Arts education is an outstanding opportunity for students in our Marina learning community,” said Dr. PK Diffenbaugh, Superintendent, Monterey Peninsula Unified School District. “Visual and performing arts has a strong foothold in MPUSD. We know firsthand that it enhances the academic learning and engagement for our students, and that is why we’ve made significant investments in the arts. Having two MPUSD schools as Turnaround Arts partners is significant and goes a long way in supporting our students imagination and growth.”

Approximately 100 students and staff will participate in the project, which will activate exterior campus walls using a photobooth truck, black-and-white portraits, and wheatpaste. This temporary installation will last weeks to months, depending on weather conditions.

"This is exactly what I imagined when we became an arts school," said Cristy Campanaro, Principal, Marina Vista Elementary Arts Academy. "This project connects students, teachers, staff, and the community together, and goes a long way in helping our students grow academically, artistically, emotionally, and physically."

Turnaround Arts: California was co-founded in 2014 by renowned architect Frank Gehry and arts education advocate Malissa Shriver to administer the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Turnaround Arts program, which positions the arts as a strategic tool to support student learning and school improvement efforts.

“The arts support schools in building a vibrant culture and visible sense of community. We are eager to use the Inside Out Project as a platform for our Turnaround Arts: California schools to define and communicate their creative identity and potential,” shares Malissa Shriver, President of Turnaround Arts: California

Through the Turnaround Arts: California Regional Coach Program, Sunset Cultural Center provides regular, in-person support for the school team in strategically using the arts for teacher training, family engagement, and student learning.

“We are so thrilled for our school partner, Marina Vista Elementary Arts Academy, to have this opportunity to further beautify their campus and to deepen their artistic identity through the Inside Out Project. We can’t wait to see the final installation!” shares Christine Sandin, Executive Director of Sunset Cultural Center.

EVENT DETAILS -- closed to public, media must RSVP to attend

WHEN: Monday, October 22, 2018 | 10:00am-3:00pm

WHERE: Marina Vista Elementary Arts Academy | 390 Carmel Ave, Marina, CA 93933

10:00am-1:00pm Student portraits live-printed from photobooth truck

1:00pm-2:45pm Large portrait posters pasted onto exterior campus walls

3:00pm Mural completed, event ends

Interviews available by request



Turnaround Arts: California works statewide to engage, empower, and transform the highest-need schools and communities through the arts. Co-founded in 2014 by renowned architect Frank Gehry and arts education advocate Malissa Shriver, Turnaround Arts: California administers the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts’ Turnaround Arts program, which leverages the arts as a strategic tool to support teaching and learning and fuel broader school improvement efforts. To date, Turnaround Arts: California has partnered with 27 elementary and middle schools across 20 school districts, reaching over 17,000 students statewide. Learn more at


Inside Out is a large-scale participatory art project that transforms messages of personal identity into pieces of artistic work. Everyone is challenged to use black and white photographic portraits to discover, reveal and share the untold stories and images of people around the world. These digitally uploaded images are made into posters and sent back to the projectʼs co-creators, for them to exhibit in their own communities. Posters can be placed anywhere, from a solitary image in an office window, to a wall of an abandoned building, or in a full stadium. These exhibitions will be documented, archived and be made available online at The INSIDE OUT project is a creation of the artist JR, recipient of the 2011 TED Prize (watch JR's TED talk here).


The TED Prize is awarded annually to an exceptional individual who receives $100,000 and the TED community’s resources and expertise to spark global change. The award offers support to build a project's core infrastructure quickly - so that others can add their own collaborative action. The first TED Prize was awarded in 2005, born out of the TED Conference and a vision by the world's leading entrepreneurs, innovators, and entertainers to change the world - one Wish at a time. What began as an unparalleled experiment to leverage the resources of the TED Community to spur global change has evolved into one of the most prestigious prizes. A TED Prize winner is a rare and powerful combination of someone who knows how to capture the imaginations and make a measurable impact, a visionary and a pragmatist, a dreamer and a doer. From Bono’s the ONE Campaign (’05 recipient) to Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution (’10 recipient) and JR’s Inside Out Project (’11 recipient), the TED Prize has helped to combat poverty, take on religious intolerance, improve global health, tackle child obesity, advance education, and inspire art around the world. For more information on the TED Prize, visit