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Southwest High School students create new sign for Jimmie Cannon Theater

New signage unveiled at jazz concert.

EL CENTRO, Calif. (KYMA, KECY, KSWT) - Southwest High School unveiled a new sign for the Jimmie Cannon Theater just before a jazz concert Saturday night. 

The theater is named after the iconic teacher from El Centro who left a lasting legacy in the valley and also is part of the school's goal to help its students in creating public art and works of beauty. 

Southwest High School Principal, Matt Phillips said the $15,000 project was funded by the district and includes mosaic letters created by dozens of Southwest High School students in their art program. 

"And as students participate in art, it builds ownership and belonging. And a sense of pride. Where literally years down the road people can drive by this theatre and say you know what I was part of that. I was part of creating this work of art that adorns the building."

The new sign will be on the theater next semester and was part of the school's partnership with the Rain Forest Art Project.

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Billy Khang

Billy Khang joined KYMA in January of 2018 as a Multimedia Journalist.


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