Camino Gonzalez and Paseo de Luz Apartment residents gathered Friday, June 8, in Oxnard for a community event to raise funds to create a community mural for the properties to share. Artist Gabriel Cardenas will design and lead the installation of the mural at the adjacent properties.
The event featured an art exhibit by Photographer Antonio Juarez and Cardenas the artists donated works for an auction along with Martin Alberto Gonzalez, author of “21 Miles of Scenic Beauty … and then Oxnard: Counterstories and Testimonies,” who read excerpts to the crowd and donated a book for the auction.
“It was great to see the facial expressions of the excited youths who met Martin Alberto Gonzalez,” said Jessica Rios, Resident Services Coordinator and AmeriCorps VIP Volunteer, explaining many previously had read his book in school. “Overall, we had a great turnout from residents who enjoyed a nice Friday evening with each other. It was great to see both communities come together and work toward a common goal,” she said.
There were tacos for sale, drawings for baskets created by property manager Dolores Rodiles and items donated by local businesses. Documentarian Julio Alcala presented his fieldworker documentary, “The Fieldworkers Journal,” and United Farm Workers provided information on free citizenship sessions during the event.