Creating a Magical Place

Students at Rancho Buena Vista High School (RBVHS) recently designed and painted murals around the school’s performing arts center, thanks to the efforts of Theater Director Mark Scott. “I have wanted to beautify the performing arts center for over twenty years. It is such a magical place and doesn’t deserve to be plain on the outside,” he explained. Scott wrote a grant proposal to the Vista Education Foundation and received $1,000 for supplies. Additional funding was provided by parent booster clubs. All of the different arts disciplines at RBVHS are represented in the murals, from theater and band to choir, visual arts, dance, and film. Principal Charles Schindler was very supportive and met with the performing arts department earlier in the school year to discuss their vision for an arts academy that would give more exposure to the award-winning creative and performing arts programs at RBVHS. According to Scott, they decided to form an arts academy and let these murals be their signature. The murals were designed by students and then approved by the school’s small mural committee before painting was done by students and volunteers. RBVHS recently held a formal presentation to officially unveil the murals to the school and to local officials. Scott estimates that about one-third of the school’s 2,600 students participate in the arts. As for others, Scott said, “I’m hoping it really inspires a lot of the other groups to take ownership of our school and beautify other parts of campus.”