The mural comprises three winning images of a drawing contest, called to recognize essential workers during the pandemic. The project was made possible thanks to the sponsorship of CEMEX and the collaboration of Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA), which provides undeserved youth an equal chance to succeed through a comprehensive array of after-school programs.
The winning artists are Marlené Nancy López, Anne Hong and Christopher Daniels of Guatemalan, Korean, and Filipino origin respectively. The muralists who helped to capture the drawings are Yair Sarmineto and Emmanuel Gálvez, both of Mexican descent. The project reflects the multicultural and multi-ethnic character of Los Angeles and in particular, the importance that the Consulate General of Mexico gives to building community in trying times.
In addition to the winning artists and muralists the event was attended by the Consul General of Mexico in Los Angeles, Marcela Celorio; the Executive Director of Heart of Los Angeles (HOLA), Tony Brown, and the Director for Government Affairs and Communications of CEMEX, Debbie Wells. Also at the opening were the Consul General of Guatemala, Tekandi Paniagua and the Deputy Consul General of the Philippines, Ambrosio Brian F. Enciso III.
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The murals' unveiling drew attention of local media, including ABC7, CBS, LA This Week, and LA Opinion. These beautiful designs were created by the winners of the Gratitude Art Contest - Marlené Nancy López, Christopher Daniels, and Annie Hong. It was beautiful to see our community come together as HOLA faculty, HOLA alumni, and local community artists joined the team to paint these stunning murals. HOLA Visual Arts Director, Nara Hernandez, guided and supported the teams of artists as they painted day and night to complete this meaningful project in honor of our essential workers!