Let Them Grow! Art Blossoms at the BGCPS with Armando Lerma

The Boys & Girls Club of Palm Springs collaborated with Desert X Artist Armando Lerma on a mural education project.

The project is designed to engage students in art, culture and expression through murals and visual art. The program includes guided tours by Armando including his Desert X 2019 installation “Visit Us in the Shape of Clouds” in Coachella; his personal studio and a walking tour of the Coachella murals.

The activities are designed for teens, but Club kids of all ages will be engaged when Armando paints the mural, “Let Them Grow” on the Sunrise wall of the Boys & Girls Club of Palm Springs building.  Unveiling of the mural is expected for May.

With this project, our Club kids will learn to tell stories and express themselves through art – specifically murals and paintings. This will also give them an introduction and understanding of visual art and acceptance of art and artist as a valid occupation. We are very pleased to be working with Armando Lerma and to share his art here at the Club with our Community. The project was made possible by several donations.
— Margaret Keung, Executive Director of the Boys & Girls Club of Palm Springs.

Armando Lerma grew up on a 10-acre date farm in Coachella, where sprawling ranches dominate the landscape, there wasn’t much for a young Armando to do. He would run and explore past the date trees and citrus groves in the desert where no one was around. Armando was intrigued by the skill and imagination of art and liked works of famous artists like Picasso and Van Gogh.

“The mural at the Boys & Girls Club is just the sort of project that the Public Arts Commission would like to encourage — visual storytelling, by a talented local artist, with the participation of young people in the creation…art which engages the public and enlivens our streetscape,” states  Ann Sheffer – chair of the City’s Public Arts Commission (PAC). 

Armando made it his mission and personal journey to find art on his own and discover what he was looking for. Armando is back in his hometown and providing what was lacking in his life – inspiration. The Coachella Valley native is the only returning artist and the only local artist at Desert X.