January 25, 2008

Kimball Students Show-off Nature-Inspired Artwork at Paradise Creek Park

Kimball Elementary students stand proud with art projects. Pictured with them is Mayor Ron Morrison (back, right)

National City - As a part of National City’s expanding Public Art Program, Paradise Creek Educational Park Inc., the Children’s Rainforest Project, and the City of National City unveiled its newest Public Art Project at the Paradise Creek Educational Park, Outdoor Amphitheatre. The project consists of dozens of colorful, nature-inspired tiles created in a 12-week art course with students from Kimball Elementary School and will be installed on neighboring Paradise Creek Educational Park’s outdoor amphitheatre.

Paradise Creek Educational Park is a nature interpretive park in Old Town National City. The park opened in April 2007 after a twelve year planning process. Paradise Creek volunteers continue to complete a vision which connects young students, community members of all ages, and visitors with nature.

In addition to learning about resident and migrating birds of Paradise Creek, such as the Snowy Egret, Black-necked Stilt, and Western Sandpiper, students also learned about the City’s longstanding Kume-yaay heritage by recreating their traditional pictographic styles and themes.

National City’s tile-making heritage actually dates back to the late 19th century. In fact, the colorful tile designs currently seen inside the Santa Fe Train Depot downtown and on the beautiful dome of the California Building in Balboa Park were created by the California China Products Company, located on the corner of 12th Street and McKinley Avenue, right here in National City!

The Children’s Rainforest Project is a nature-based arts program that builds knowledge and confidence by creating permanent mosaics and tiles in the community. Working with accomplished artists, children develop creative skills that they can utilize throughout their lives. “It is very exciting to see young people taking ownership of their community by adding more color and beauty to their environment” said Dan Evers, Director of the Children’s Rainforest Project.

For more information on the Children’s Rainforest Project visit: www.optimistrainforest.org

For more information on Paradise Creek Educational Park visit www.paradisecreek.org.

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