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Dedication Ceremony-Old Town Goleta First Major Public Art Project

Dedication Ceremony-Old Town Goleta First Major Public Art Project

Thursday, April 04, 2019 at 05:00 PM to 06:00 PM

Goleta Valley Community Center (GVCC) is proud to announce the dedication ceremony marking the completion of a 230-ft outdoor mural entitled, El Corazón de Goleta (The Heart of Goleta). Spearheaded by GVCC, this first major public art project in Old Town Goleta was painted by more than a dozen volunteer high school students under the direction of local artist and muralist Barbara Eberhart. The project transformed a neglected wall on the west property line of the Community Center into an impressive work of art. Half of the wall is owned by Alphie’s Restaurant and the other half of the wall is owned by the City of Goleta. This newly-completed mural will be dedicated to the public to serve as an icon of pride and enjoyment for everyone who lives, works, or shops in the Old Town Goleta corridor.


The ceremony will honor the student artists, art director, and donors who contributed to the project.  City of Goleta officials in attendance will be Mayor Paula Perotti, Mayor Pro Tempore Kyle Richards, and Councilmembers Stuart Kasdin and James Kyriaco. Representing the County of Santa Barbara will be Supervisors Gregg Hart and Das Williams.


The large-scale mural is a colorful landscape comprised of vignettes depicting mountains, a lemon tree, bees, monarch butterflies, a rainbow, Lake Los Carneros, Goleta Beach and other flora and fauna that can be found in and around Goleta. Art Director Eberhart  worked with the student artists to instruct them about the process of mural making, from planning the art, preparing the wall, and producing the finished piece. The aim was to offer students a positive team building and mentoring experience, help raise self-esteem, and bring beauty and vibrance to the Old Town Goleta corridor. Together, participating students logged several hundred hours of community service work credit for their participation in the project.



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