Mission Bay High School students have found a new way to fight the coronavirus blues, through exhibiting art and literature in a new school magazine.
Gracie Semmens and MBHS classmate Erick Girouard have teamed in a project they hope will be uplifting to people’s spirits during these tough times.
“Our project is a collection of artworks, poems, and short stories created by students of MBHS and the other PB cluster schools,” said Semmens. “The pieces of work will be put together in a collective magazine-style publication designed by myself and my other colleague, Girouard.”
Added Semmens: “After the magazines are finished, we will advertise and sell them around Pacific Beach and to the students of MBHS. The money made from these magazines will be distributed to one or more social causes within the Pacific Beach community, to be decided.”
An artist herself, Semmens said the project goal “is to bring our community’s creative minds together in a time when many may feel trapped inside their homes. It will allow for creativity to be expressed and showcased to the whole community.”
Semmens said she and Girouard were both inspired by the Black Lives Matter movement.
“Now more than ever, with social inequity and unrest, our main goal is to spread positivity through this project and speak light and appreciation of what is good about our community,” she said. “We know no way better than to showcase our artistic ability.”
The student publication website, lightmorelightpb.com, reflects the mood and spirit of their artistic endeavor.
“It’s been exciting for Erick and me to get this rolling and we want to see all the submissions,” said Semmens noting they’ve already gotten three, though the project is just getting started.
“We’ve gotten a poem about our City being resilient and a skull mandala sketch,” said Semmens of incoming submissions which she said will be reviewed by a panel of judges including local artists, an English teacher, and parents.
“It won’t be biased,” Semmens promised.
The artistic MBHS junior said they will be accepting poems, short stories, paintings, sketches, visual art, and short essays via their website between now and July 17.
“We are hoping to get them published by late summer, early fall,” she said. “We are currently looking for sponsors to help pay for our printing and distribution costs.”
Semmens noted their art project is almost like a time capsule.
“It’s basically a souvenir from our times, just saying what good can come from this,” she said. “Also, it would be great if this idea spread to other school districts and neighborhoods.”