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Students from the Montebello Unified School District (MUSD) recently lent an artistic hand to the grand opening of the Montebello Mix, a newly redesigned shopping center located at the corner of Beverly and Montebello Boulevards.


The Montebello Mix, formerly known as the Montebello Mart, held its re-dedication ceremonies, Jan. 21, to mark the completion of the shopping center’s renovation, which today includes student artwork.


As part of the ceremonies, Montebello Mayor Vivian Romero and officials from Combined Properties, Inc., the owner of the property, honored MUSD student artists for their contributions to the shopping center.  The Mayor presented each student artist with a personally signed Certificate of Recognition on behalf of the City of Montebello.


Mounted replicas of student artwork are permanently displayed in the Montebello Mix Art Walk, which is located in the walkway adjacent to storefronts at the shopping center. Replicas of the student art contest winners can also be viewed at the MUSD District Office.


“Our students are very excited to know that their artwork now has a permanent place at the shopping center,” said Aida Hinojosa, Program Specialist, for the MUSD’s Pupil & Community Services Division, who coordinated the art contest. “The district would like to thank Combined Properties for sharing this amazing opportunity with our students. Students’ eyes lit up as their artwork was presented.”


Ms. Hinojosa worked with the Combined Properties to coordinate an art competition for students at district schools located in Montebello. More than 100 student entries of various grade levels were submitted under the theme, “The City of Montebello is Growing and Blossoming.”  Combined Properties reviewed each submission and selected the winning entries that are now on display at the shopping center.    


The winning entries were submitted by:

  • Sofia Fragoso, Grade 2, La Merced Elementary
  • Emilio Paredes, Grade 3, Wilcox Elementary
  • Kenneth B. Perez, Grade 4, La Merced Elementary
  • Ricardo Solano, Grade 4, La Merced Elementary
  • Kaitlyn A. Hernandez, Grade 4, Washington Elementary
  • Leslie Alejandra Pena, Grade 5, Fremont Elementary
  • Deziree Eni, Grade 6, La Merced Intermediate
  • Daniel Meneses, Grade 8, Eastmont Intermediate
  • Brianna Morales, Grade 12, Schurr High School


Brian Miller, Vice President of West Coast Asset Management for Combined Properties Inc., told the Whittier Daily News that public art was an important element of the shopping center’s redesign.


“Retail has evolved into an experience,” Miller said. “This is our second property that has locally-inspired art, which helps create a bond with the community.”


In addition to the art contest winners, Combined Properties acknowledged six MUSD students as Honorable Mentions.


  • Alekos Lopez-Aguayo, Grade 1, Washington Elementary
  • Emily Verdusco, Grade 1, La Merced Elementary
  • Donovan Murillo, Grade 2, Washington Elementary
  • Abcde Soto, Grade 4, La Merced Elementary
  • Karol Gonzalez, Grade 4, La Merced Elementary
  • Lizeth Chavez-Garcia, Grade 7, Montebello Intermediate School


District families and the Montebello community are encouraged to visit the Montebello Mix Art Walk and enjoy the work of up-and-coming student artists of MUSD.  

Posted by: MUSD Webmaster
Published: 1/27/17