(VENTURA COUNTY, Calif.) –November 29, 2022 – On Giving Tuesday, Cabrillo Economic Development Corporation (Cabrillo EDC) unveiled a larger-than-life mural honoring the deep history and farmworker origin story of Cabrillo EDC.
The nearly 550 square-foot mural features elements representing important milestones, including founding Executive Director Rodney Fernandez, the multi-faceted history and origin story of Cabrillo EDC, as well as the organization’s values and principles. The mural is featured in the stairwell entrance to Cabrillo EDC’s corporate offices in Ventura, 702 County Square Drive.
The media and the community are invited to watch the virtual mural unveiling. Viewers will get a look at the completed mural and have an opportunity to hear from the muralist, Anthony Macri Ortiz and Cabrillo EDC staff and board members about the project.
“We hope whoever sees the mural will feel immense connection to the history of Cabrillo EDC and the passion and work that goes into making sure everyone has safe, affordable housing,” said Margarita H. de Escontrias, Chief Executive Officer of Cabrillo EDC. “Community is central to the work that is done at Cabrillo EDC. Our mission and values are focused around building an engaged community and providing comprehensive housing services and resources for seniors, farmworkers, veterans and families in the Ventura County community.”
Cabrillo EDC partnered with local Oxnard muralist, Anthony Macri Ortiz to bring their 40th anniversary mural to life. From start to finish, the mural took about a month to complete. “Anthony truly understood our goal of honoring Cabrillo’s roots and creating a piece to promote awareness about the importance of developing housing that positively impacts the community’s health, education, public safety, social services, and economic development,” said H. de Escontrias.
Tuesday, November 29 was chosen as the day to unveil the mural to celebrate the significance of Giving Tuesday, a global day of giving each year on the Tuesday after Thanksgiving. Cabrillo EDC encourages donations that will go to core Cabrillo EDC property services including homework and after-school programs, senior food donations, cooking classes, health fairs, and more to help Cabrillo EDC residents live happy and healthy lives. The donation site can be found using this link.