~ Marcie Landeros, Education Coordinator
Today marked a monumental day, not only for the museum, but for me personally. Today was the dedication of a mosaic sign that will sit at the front of the museum property, welcoming visitors as they turn up Frontage Road to the museum. Having worked on every part of putting this sign together, from writing grants to get funding, to working with students to make the sign, to helping pour the cement, I was overwhelmed with joy to see it completed.
We started in 2015, with a grant from the Imperial Valley Community Foundation, and support from Imperial County Board of Supervisors, designing the sign through Rainforest Art Project. During the 2016-2017 school year, I worked every Wednesday with Seeley Elementary’s afterschool program to construct the sign, with the guidance of Rainforest. Working with students whose grades ranged from 2ndto 8th, we pieced together the 3-foot-high, 11-foot-long sign.
Once the sign was completed, Home Depot worked with us to pour the foundation of the sign, and donated all the materials for the foundation. To build the wall that the sign is attached to, individual volunteers came out to support the museum. Were it not for the people who helped throughout the process, this dream would never have come into fruition. As Dr. David Breeckner said, “This project is a lot like a mosaic. A lot of different pieces came together, to create something truly beautiful.”
|Jessica Villalobos, Jennifer Hernandez, Jorge Casteneda, Pablo Quintero, Megan Herndon, Julissa Anaya, Alana Rodriguez with Pam Morton at the official unveiling of their mosaic sign|