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M:POWR Mural Project

Mountain Shadows: Painting Our World Radiantly (M:POWR)

The Mountain Shadows: Painting Our World Radiantly (M:POWR) mural project, began in Spring 2013 and allows TLC/MIL students to paint murals, drum, and bond with participants from Mountain Shadows - a local non-profit that supports individuals with intellectual disabilities.

Group Photo


A partnership between TLC, Mountain Shadows, Art Miles Mural Project, and recognized by UNESCO. Open to all CSUSM students @ any time. TLC students count these projects toward campus or civic engagement & will earn a UNESCO certificate if they complete 7 hours minimum with any combination of these activities.

  • Art Lessons w/ UNESCO Commissioner: Dr. Joanne Twafilis & Drumming w/ Aki

    Dr. Joanne Twafilis

    Join us every Tuesday for an art lesson with Dr. Tawfilis or drumming with Aki! Art lessons will be centered around UNESCO's pillars of peace and unity.

    Free kits are available for pick-up at Mountain Shadows Outreach Services: 970 Los Vallecitos Blvd, Suite 130 from 9am-3pm Monday-Friday.

    Any CSUSM community member can join us any Tuessday 12:00pm-12:50pm by visiting: 

     Please RSVP here for any and all Tuesday sessions.

    One week we will paint with Dr. Tawfilis and learn about our corresponding UNESCO theme, the next week we will drum with Aki. Come check it out! This event is open to all CSUSM community members including students, staff, faculty, and administrators! 

    Event occurs every Tuesday from 12:00pm-12:50pm via Zoom 

    September 15th - November 10th 

  • Weekly Book Club Read Along

    1. Read books aloud for 10-15 minutes/week
    2. Film yourself through Zoom 
    3. Upload your Zoom recording to a shareable YouTube link
    4. Send your link to Director: Flor Angel at: by Wednesday each week
    5. Flor will partner you with 1-2 Mountain Shadows participants in hopes that you two can share emails about the reading. 
    Student reading a book
  • Pen Pals

    Student writing

    Getting back to the joy of snail mail and connection. Join us in our new pen-pal connection with Mountain Shadows' participants! TLC students will be paired with one or more participant.

    Send your letters to:

    Flor Angel
    970 Los Vallecitos Blvd Suite 140
    San Marcos, CA 92069
    You can drop off your letter in front of Outreach (at the above address) between 9 AM – 3 PM Monday - Friday and wait for a response.


Spring 2019 Mpowr
Chris and Kenny
  • This project taught me how to improvise and be creative.

    - Stacey S.

    - Stacey S.
  • Leadership involves collaboration not solely direction giving.

    - Jeff M.

    - Jeff M.
  • Empathy between all types of people makes us better leaders.

    - Cory F.

    - Cory F.
  • This project taught me how to coordinate with others.

    - Alexa D.

    - Alexa D.

Program Partners Include:

  • Art Miles Mural Project
  • Mountain Shadows Outreach Programs
  • San Marcos Arts Council 

The connection to UNESCO: 

We are very fortunate that our Art Miles partner, Dr. Joanne Tawfilis, is also a commissioner for the United Nations and provides TLC/MIL students with a UNESCO certificate if students are: 

  1. Officially enrolled in the TLC or MIL program and complete all other program criteria within one semester; 
  2. Complete 7 or more hours at Mountain Shadows within one semester. No exceptions.