Colin Powell Academy for Success Mural

The Colin Powell Eagle Mural

I started talking with Erin Villegas a teacher at Colin Powell late last year about doing mural at her school.  Her neighbor who works at LBMA recommended us and that the genesis of this project.  I reached out to Scott Nichols a Draculas collaborator to do an video documenting the mural’s progress, our story but more importantly the impact public art has on a community and with the staff and students.  The results were amazing and it’s one of the most rewarding projects I’ve been involved with to date.

Soaring to Success is a short story of a unique public school in the Northside of Long Beach, Ca. manifesting an inclusive experience for their students to paint a mural of their redesigned mascot. A Bald Eagle representing the school’s values – Respect. Honor. Courage. Leadership. Integrity.


Underfunded as many schools are across the nation, the resourceful staff of Colin Powell Academy for Success led by Erin Villegas, raised funds via grants to partner with professional muralists, The Draculas. A Southern California-based trio comprised of artists Jeff McMillan, Gary Musgrave, and Jake Kazakos.

Having fun and painting with the students during the weeklong team building experience, promotes the positive progression and innovation of public art as a means of building camaraderie and school spirit to amplify the current and future generations of the school’s youth. Let more students soar to success!


Supported By:
The Draculas
LB School District
The Long Beach Arts Council
American Rentals, Inc.

Music By:
Tony Tripledouble



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