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The “Wall Speaks” mural to be dedicated June 18

Lake Hodges mural is part of the “Wall Speaks” giant art work.

A ribbon-cutting for the “Wall Speaks” mural, “A walk through the Culture and History of Escondido” will be held Tuesday, June 18, 9 a.m. at Escondido Community Child Development Center, 819 W. 9th Ave.

The project has been going on since last October and it is nearly finished. 

Jim Wiese, executive director Escondido Community Child Development Center, told The Times-Advocate: “A beautiful mural has been designed and painted on the block wall at our 9th Avenue campus and we are hosting a ribbon cutting ceremony on June 18 at 9 a.m.  We are expecting Mayor McNamara to attend and are hoping for other council members, as well.” 

He added, “The artists have done a tremendous job in capturing the history of Escondido and it turned out even better than I could have ever expected.”  

The mural is being painted on the outside block wall (180 feet long) that will celebrate Escondido’s history and culture.  It is part of a project funded by the City of Escondido CDBG  (Community Development Block Grant) funding, Escondido Charitable Foundation and ECCDC.   

The mural is a walk through Escondido history and culture – from San Pasqual Valley to Lake Hodges to Lawrence Welk’s in the North.    In between are things that remind you of the old days – Felicita making tortillas, masons making adobe blocks, Rube’s market, Lake Hodges, Safari Park, Ups and Down Roller Rink, Cruisin’ Grand, the Joor Muffler man, Kit Carson Park, Grape Day Park, Daley ranch, avocados, oranges, grapes and many other memories of Escondido.

Artists Leslie Mayer and Cindy Peters are hand painting the mural daily.  The wall faces 9th Avenue, just over the hill from I-15 leading into Escondido.  

The ribbon cutting will include thank yous to the artists, and to those who provided wall construction and materials:  Enrique Morales and Sculpt Nouveau as well as a grant from Escondido Charitable Foundation.

Invited guests include Mayor Paul “Mac” McNamara, District 4 Council Member Michael Morasco, Housing & Neighborhood Services Manager Karen Youel and the Escondido Community Child Development Center Board of Directors, including Chairman Cecilia Lusky and directors Amir Iravani,  Shirlie Downey, Tamson Sell,  Chris Sell, Wayne Brunner,  Ryan Fergison,  Matthew Starr, Kellie Hunziker, Jim Wiese, executive director and Lorraine Boyce, founder. 

“I have lived in Escondido for over 40 years and the opportunity to be part of a project that celebrates the history and culture of Escondido, is an honor,” said artist Leslie Mayer.

ECCDC was founded in 1974 by then Escondido Mayor Lorraine Boyce and Early Childhood Educator Ruth Clothier.  Today, ECCDC has two locations serving over 400 low income families each year with Early Childhood Education.

Local artists Leslie Mayer and Cindy Peters at work on the mural.

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