The 2001 Children's Mural Program
Environmental Education Program, BEEP!
Prepared for the Heidiart.com
August 14, 2001
Mission of the Organization: The mission of the Bayview Opera
House, Inc. is "to promote community arts, education and economic
development, and serve as the focal point for culture and history
of the Bayview Hunters Point community."
Program Summary: Bayview Opera House (BVOH) is seeking financial
and in-kind support to sustain and build upon the continuing implementation
of The Childrens Mural Program, an environmental education program
to serve five Bayview-Hunters Point elementary schools, for 2001. The
program uses instruction in visual art techniques as the basis of a curriculum
to explore various environmental issues of concern to the community, especially
the Superfund clean-up and reuse of Hunters Point Shipyard. With the ongoing
support of Our funders, our program has been developed and expanded over
the past eight years. In 2001 The Childrens Mural Program will be
commencing its ninth successful year. The program was begun in 1992 in
a single school, has been presented, with ongoing support of Our funders
at five community elementary schools for five years. We are expanding
the CMP, yet again, in 2001.
New Visions/Broadened Scope: The Bayview Opera House received a
$23,000 grant in January 2001, from the Urban Resources Partnership (URP)
(a collaboration between the US Department of Agriculture and the US Forest
Service serving major cities across the nation since 1994) to expand the
Childrens Mural Program (CMP) to provide a comprehensive environmental
education curriculum for SF elementary school children in both
the fourth and fifth grades. An additional component to the CMP,
called The Bayview Opera House Environmental Education Program (BEEP!)
for Community Elementary Schools, will now provide workshops in the schools
and fieldtrips into the community for hands-on experiences presented by:
the US Navy, the EPA, the environmental clean-up scientists working at
HPS (TetraTech); ArcEcology (SF environmental watchdog group; the urban
planning team designing HPS (SMWM); the SF Redevelopment Agency; SF Planning
Department and the HPS developers (currently Lennar/BVHP Partners), and
numerous community-based environmental organizations, including LEJ, SLUG,
Public Health Department, etc., and the Bayview Opera House Programs artist/instructors.
The CMP proposal funded by URP will also establish guidelines to be set
at the SFUSD level for integrating the CMP/BEEP environmental education
curricula into the fourth and fifth grade elementary school teaching units.
This will provide a more effective, holistic learning experience for ~700
children and for easier, more integrated lesson planning for the teachers.
Additionally this curricula will become a model for bringing this important
information about the history, Super-fund Clean-up and re-use of Hunters
Point Shipyard, and the need for stewardship of the environment to additional
neighborhood elementary schools in the Mission, Potrero Hill, Bernal Heights
and Visitation Valley. The student populations in these neighborhoods,
along with Bayview Hunters Point, will be most affected by this enormous
transformation of this expansive SF Bay front property over the next twenty
years as the clean-up and reuse of the shipyard progresses.
This successful expansion of the Childrens Mural Program to include
BEEP, would not have been possible were it not for the generosity and
consistent funding for the past many years by Hitachi America, LTD., the
Hitachi Foundation, SOMARTs Mural Resource Center, The SF Redevelopment
Agency and the Bayview Opera House. Because of the expanded BEEP program,
we will need to augment the CMP classes to include additional weeks of
instruction to our fourth grade participants, and therefore additional
Project Objectives: Expanded CMP/BEEP Curriculum
Student Objectives: The CMP fourth grade curriculum is designed
to: Give the children a basic understanding of the connectedness of all
life that depend on healthy natural resources: air, water, soil; Empower
students sense of stewardship of the planet; Make fun the practice
of the 3 Rs (Reduce/Recycle/Reuse); Develop critical thinking about
alternative energy sources and energy conservation; Make fun participating
in Earth Day activities; and Empower students to sharing with and teaching
their parents about these things, and many others, as well. We also bring
basic understanding of the neighborhood, the history, clean-up and reuse
plans for HPS. Then we provided them with unique opportunities to actively
participate in the beautification of their neighborhood by sharing their
artwork about the environment for display at the OH and throughout the
community. This heightens their self-esteem and sense of civic involvement.
The new fifth grade component will give students the hands-on and on-the-ground
experiences that will expand their understanding about their community
Hunters Point Shipyard and the Bayview Opera House. Taken together, we
will provide an understanding of their ability to affect positive changes
in their own bodies, homes, schools, community and city.
Teacher Objectives: Empower teachers to develop curricula that
come from them to SFUSD administration, in order to heighten learning
in the classroom and streamline lesson planning. Provide unique learn
experiences and teaching tools to promote academic subjects. Provide professional
development in broad-scoped environmental education and community-specific
environmental education organizations, activities and future plans (i.e.
Bay Trail, wetland restoration and open spaces HPS.) Provide environmental
education curriculum that can be used by classes on a daily basis, as
an integral part of classroom activities, i.e. recycling, gardening, composting,
painting as a teaching tool, etc..
Strengthen Bayview Opera House ties to the surrounding neighborhood organizations
that focus on environmental education by inviting them to participate
in our BEEP workshops and by taking the students in our program on their
fieldtrips; Bring hundreds of community children to our facility to discover
our free After-School Arts Programs in dance, drama, music, and visual
art; Build bridges into Hunters Point Shipyard. (Bayview residents have
long felt "left out/kept out" of HPS. Our students become ambassadors
and teachers about the environmental clean-up and redevelopment process
underway that will transform this 550 acre expanse of prime, SF waterfront
property because they become the most informed citizens in SF about it.);
Provide enormous public relations and community education opportunities
for our collaborators (and funders.)
Environmental Objectives: With this program, each year, ~700 children
become heart-guided stewards of the planet. They begin practicing and
teaching the 3-Rs. Though our expanded curriculum, they will learn about
how to, for example: treat and help a wetland, plant gardens, eat nutritious
diets, exercise, createby dancing, make music, painting, and acting.
Who can estimate the benefits to the environment of such learning? We
can all agree, though, that these goalslived-out in the life of
one childare priceless to the planet.
Collaboration: For the past five years, the CMP has collaborated
with: BVHP elementary schools; the US Navy, the EPA, the environmental
clean-up scientists working at HPS (TetraTech); ArcEcology (SF environmental
watchdog group); the urban planning team designing HPS (SMWM); Shipyard
Trust for the Arts (STAR) non-profit organization representing the businesses
and artists currently working at HPS where most of our artist/instructors
have come from; and the SF Redevelopment Agency. We have partnered with
the Bayview Anna Wadden Library, the neighborhood Post Office, the SF
Main Post Office in the neighborhood, the local shopping mall, Bayview
Plaza, and the Southeast Community Facility, where the southeast campus
of SF City College is, to make public presentation of the childrens
artwork. We have Our expanded program will also include new partnerships
with: Coevoultion Butterfly Discovery Park; SF Planning Department; the
HPS developers (currently Lennar/BVHP Partners), and numerous community-based
environmental organizations, including LEJ, SLUG, Public Health Department,
UPR, et. al. And, we will bring hundreds of children to our facility to
meet and interact with our Arts Programs artist/instructors.
Local Community Commitment/Involvement: Our
fourth grade program is taught by Bayview Hunters Point community artists
and professional artists from Hunters Point Shipyard, many who have been
involved for over seven years and who volunteered their time and talents
for four years "to grow" this program. The scores of classroom
teachers working in community schools have been avid advocates and planners
for the many beneficial outcomes and enhanced learning techniques that
the CMP provides. The parents of our student have volunteered their time
in our program. They also have expressed much gratitude for the heighten
interest in academic subjects like science, reverence for the planet that
their childrens essays project and the pride their children feel
from the public display of their artwork. (The parents of our students
in our first year programs actually petitioned the Art Commission to increase
funding to continue and expand the program.) The program has expanded
steadily and grown to include numerous collaborators of the highest level
who make transformational decisions for everyone in San Francisco. We
are happy that our proposal to bring our collaborators back in a formal,
integrated program, now called BEEP, to give our students a second year
of first-hand, "hands-on" workshops and fieldtrips to HPS and
other sites throughout the communityincluding the Bayview Opera
House itselfhas been funded. We look forward to building strong,
effective and meaningful partnerships with our new collaborators that
will benefit everyone.
Innovation: No community in SF has more at stake in the successful
environmental clean up and reuse of HPS than Bayview Hunters Point. Additionally,
no community in SF has more at stake in the education of its children
about the environmental concerns of BVHP because these concerns center
on: economic development, environmental justice, public health, public
safety and quality education. No other environmental education program
exists that addresses these issues in a manner that makes learning about
these difficult, complex concernsFUN and Easy to Understand! The
additional workshop/fieldtrip curriculum will be only add to the unique
form, content, intent and vision of the Bayview Opera House Environmental
Education Programcreating CMP/BEEP!
Source of Matching Funds and In-Kind Services:
The CMP has had an ongoing budget for its activities the past several
years of approximately $35,000. In 2001 our projected budgets are outlined
Bayview Opera House (Grants for the Arts) $13,000*
SF Redevelopment Agency 10,000*
Mural Resource Center 9,000*
Corporate: (Hitachi America, Ltd.) 2,500*
Foundation: (Hitachi Foundation) 2,500*
Urban Resources Partnership $23,000*
Combined CMP/BEEP for 2001 $60,000
for 2001. Hitachi has provided ongoing support for the past five years.
We are hopeful that you will provide continued support in 2001.
Services in excess of the current cash budget (for in-class presentation
of our curricula by teachers, donated time of collaborators, and for grant
writing, fund-raising, office tasks, telephone, etc.).
The Bayview Opera House is expanding their current environmental education
program, CMP, to include three fieldtrip and seven "hands-on"
workshops given by a wide array of collaborators. We will call this component
of our program, BEEP, for BayviewOperaHouse Environmental Education Program.
Our collaborators are ready, willing and able to provide "hand on"
"on-the-ground" experiences that are fun and designed to enhance
critical thinking among CMP students. The teachers want an integrated
environmental education curriculum that will enhance learning and streamline
lesson planning. The SFUSD is willing to assist the BVOH and its teachers
to provide the highest quality lessons and hand-on experiences possible
for its students and teachers. To accomplish all these objectives, everyone
recognizes that this effort will take many years to fully integrate, and
will require a high degree of commitment and work by everyone involved.
But, as our letters of support suggest, everyone is committed, and, frankly
experienced, in accomplishing the many tasks outlined in the attached
Revised Work Plan. The BVOH is committed guide this expanded, integrated
CMP/BEEP to its highest possible end.
We know that the support from Ongoing funders has given the CMP its stability
and quality that has allowed for this years expansion. The program
is now a two-year program that doubles the number of students served to
approximately 700. We are requesting that Funders continue to provide
this support so that we can sustain our successes of the past and build
on these very important new ones.