Spotted cows and classic cars, fields of pumpkins and falling almond blossoms. These are just the beginning. Manteca has a rich story to tell, and our murals tell it beautifully.
So whether you’re here to explore the murals or to join the cause for building a better community through public art, welcome! Welcome, and enjoy.
SATURDAY, MAY 21
DEDICATION OF THE KOREAN WAR MURAL
The public and all veterans are invited to attend the dedication of the Korean War Mural. This is the third completed mural of “The Veterans Mural Project” sponsored by the Manteca Mural Society. The dedication is May 21, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. in the Bedquarters parking lot at Main St. and Yosemite Ave. The guest speaker is a fellow Mantecan, Eldon Regua retired as a two-star Major General in the United States Army in 2013. His first duty assignment was in West Germany in 1977 and his last assignment was in South Korea in 2013 spanning over 36 years of service to our Nation.
SATURDAY, MAY 28
“FILL THE HELMET” FUND RAISER
The community is invited to participate in the “Fill the Helmet” fundraiser sponsored by the Manteca Mural Society. The funds raised will go directly for expenses to begin the Vietnam Mural. It will be the 4 th mural of “The Veterans Mural Project”. Please join us May 28, Saturday, from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. in the Bedquarters parking lot at Main St. and Yosemite Ave. Just drive or walk by and drop your donations into the helmet of Manteca’s veterans and members of the Manteca Mural Society. Music provided of Rich Benavides.
Did you know these interesting Korean War facts?
The Korean War was the first military action of the Cold War.
There are still more than 7,000 U.S. soldiers missing in action.
California had the most veterans in the Korean War, at 430,800.
54,200 American veterans gave their lives in Korea.
MASH (Mobile Army Surgical Hospitals) units were first used in the Korean War.
131 Medals of Honor were given during the Korean War.
“The Spirit of America” World War II Mural
The Manteca Mural Society is happy to announce “The Spirit of America” World War II mural completion. This is the second in a series of five murals designed to honor men and women from Manteca who have served our country in the Armed Forces, and will include portraits of local veterans and civilians who supported the war effort. The committee recently commissioned Colleen Hopkins of Veyna Design Studios, Inc. as the artist who will be painting the mural. The World War II mural will join the existing EagleHearts mural, representing the War on Terror, located on the east-facing side of the Manteca Bedquarters building in the heart of downtown, near the northwest corner of Main and Yosemite.
The WWII mural will join 27 existing individual murals which are scattered in public spaces throughout the city. Each mural tells its own story, while highlighting some of the beauty and history of either the city or the surrounding region. The idea for painting murals in Manteca originated with Tom and Gayl Wilson, who were inspired by murals they saw in Chemainus, British Columbia. They, along with others, founded the Manteca Mural Society in 2002, as a non-profit organization comprised of volunteers who share a passion for building a better community through public art.
Murals are painted only as funds are available to do so, and fundraising is actively underway for the WWII mural. Recently, donors came forward offering to match, dollar for dollar, any donations received up to $7000. So for every dollar donated, the Mural Society will receive two dollars to put toward the WWII mural. The community is encouraged to join the effort by clicking on ‘Get Involved,’ and making a donation to this worthy civic cause. With the help of the community, we know we will reach our goal of $25,000. In addition, the Mural Society welcomes new members at all times, and there are a variety of membership options available. The public is invited to explore the existing murals, enjoy the incredible art, and become a part of something big as we honor the veterans in our community.