November 26, 2003

Art Exhibit Promotes Homeless Children’s Work

By Paola Hornbuckle

In the face of adversity, what do you do? You paint. Gallery on Broadway has teamed up with the respected Monarch School to bring San Diegans a taste of tomorrow’s artistic talent. The exhibit took place on Friday, November 21 and was well attended. The Monarch School was founded in 1988 to serve the needs of homeless children. Originally called P.L.A.C.E., and staffed by one teacher, it has grown into a 10,000-square foot facility serving 150 students. Staffed by dedicated teachers and eager students, the school strives to give each student every opportunity available to succeed in life.

“I really like Monarch School. They help people who live in shelters that have housing problems. They help you out with clothes and food and you get to go to school,” said Michelle Price, 14, a student.

“I like art. I like the school too, because when I went to Monarch, I had low grades. Now, I’ve started getting good grades,” said Abel Rocha, 15.

One of the subjects taught is Beginning Art, a subject eagerly embraced by the young artists at the exhibit. It took four weeks for the students to finish their work, but it was well worth it judging from the level of enthusiasm generated by the project.

Art teacher Dalia D’Rozario (center) with some of her prized students.

“The students really took the class and made it their own. These kids always come to class and are very willing. Some of them want to continue learning about different types of art, sculpture, and much more. It makes me feel like I am doing my job,” explained Dalia D’Rozario, a Monarch School art teacher.

The paintings were acrylic and had a ranged from portraits and landscapes to a black and white city sketch by Oscar Ibarra that sold for fifty dollars.

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