Saturday, June 10, 2017

Designing for Mental Awareness

Congratulations to DI Junior Morgan Wash for her design being selected as the winner of the 2017 Dare to be Aware art contest. Her work will be reproduced on t-shirts, posters, and brochures for the upcoming Dare to be Aware Youth Conference for Riverside County.

The full-day conference will be held for about 1000 Riverside County middle and high school students in order to increase awareness and reduce the stigma related to mental illness.

Friday, May 26, 2017

4th Annual DATA Awards

On Thursday, May 25th, the Cathedral City Public Arts Commission hosted the 4th Annual DATA Awards at the Mary Pickford Theater. Student's work was recognized for both photography and filmmaking and shared on the silver screen.

Congratulations to the following students

Tatianna - 1st Place Photography $350
by Pamela Montenegro 

Frida Karla - 2nd Place Photography $200
Paola Granillo

Lucha sin fin - 3rd Place Photography $100
Joe Jimenez

Phillip K. Smith - 1st Place Film $350
Sedona Cruz

Ask Me - 2nd Place Film $200
Jose Aguirre and Marcos Correa

Live Fully Now - 3rd Place Film $100
Eddie Galan

A huge thank you to Alan Carvalho and Tim Parrott of the Cathedral City Public Arts Commission and Ted Hane at the Mary Pickford Theater for their ongoing contribution to the DATA Program!

Sunday, May 21, 2017

Addiction Awarded

On May 11th, PSUSD CTE held its first career academy showcase. The event was organized by student leaders from each district high school and held at the Palm Springs Air Museum. Career pathways and academies were invited to share their integrated and special projects for four hours to the community and judges ranging from public safety to culinary arts. During the process and event, CTE students were also asked to contribute based on the professional skills they are learning in their respective programs.

DATA is pleased to announce that their multi-grade integrated project, Addiction: Control What is Controlling You,  geared towards teens dealing with addiction, was awarded 1st Place by judges from across the Coachella Valley community.

Congratulations to the following DATA students 
for all their hard work and collaboration

Presenters: Manny Aramburo and Blanca Granados
Web Master: Sadrac Camacho
Logo and Brochure Design: Angela Inprom
Senior Executive Team: Tatianna Miles, River Gibbs, Rosalina Rogel, Pamela Montenegro, Celeste Medina, Juan Martinez, Rebecca Wenger, and Danielle Ramirez.
Social Media: Hillary Rivera and Julia de la Torre
Photography and Video: DATA juniors and seniors
Research: DATA Sophomores
Statistics: DATA Juniors

A very special thank you also goes out to the DATA teacher team, Jamie Steinberg from Leap Online Marketing, as well as Helene Photias and Chanise Walker from the Betty Ford Center
Read more about the event on


Sunday, May 7, 2017

An Interstellar Design Collaboration


On May 6th, Interstellar Comic Books and Collectibles hosted Free Comic Book Day. As part of the national event, DATA alumni and store owner, Adrian Cuevas, sold t-shirts designed by DATA junior Morgan Wash. To add another factor to the #DATAcademy equation, the shirts were printed by DATA screen printing competitors preparing for SkillsUSA California under the mentorship of Windmill City Screen Printing and DATA community partner/CCHS Alum, Glen Coy.

Thanks to all for this community design collaboration!


Monday, May 1, 2017

A Fresh Perspective

Congratulations to Sophomore Joe Jimenez for her photograph receiving the Museum Photography Council award during the 2017 Fine Arts Creativity Awards at the Palm Springs Art Museum!

"From the perspective of a farmer's daughter. These are my people and this is their struggle. For most, this is all they have ever known, it's a way of life. A harsh way to live, everyday requires hours of back-breaking work under the heat of the Coachella sun. My people put their blood, sweat and tears into those fields, and although they contribute to bring a large quantity of food to our society, they are left with nothing for themselves. At the end of the day they are still struggling, yet they wake up before dawn to do it all over again. There's a saying on the field, “lucha sin fin”, which translates to “struggle without an end”. I want the public to simply grasp the idea of the hard work put into their meals because of my people."