In 2020, OCEAA was granted a 7,500 square feet mural project in addition to a $5,000 grant to support OCEAA and our students through an art competition. The mural was designed and installed by Brian Peterson of “Faces of Santa Ana” and local Santa Ana artist, Damin Lujan, and funded by Ruth Prentice, Superior Property Services, and Acrylatex. 

This 7,500 square feet mural was inspired by Mrs. Prentice’s strong sense of building united communities.

Mrs. Prentice believes that “we are all one people, united and equal” and thus launched the “Purple Unity Project (@purpleunityproject)” in hopes to create a UNITY mural.

The mural will spotlight three foundational colors, red, blue and purple, the blue and red will blend into a beautiful PURPLE in the middle, where unity is found. OCEAA’s community also participated by nominating diverse leaders (Cesar Chavez, Martin Luther King Jr., Frida Kahlo, Albert Einstein, Malala Yousafzai and Rosa Parks) to be featured on the mural to showcase OCEAA’s commitment to diversity and inclusion.

Another element featured is OCEAA’s commitment to developing student leadership through schoolwide Habits of Character: integrity, courage, collaboration, compassion, and perseverance.  These character habits were developed in partnership with EL Education.

EL Education is an educational model that balances both personalized and social learning to help students succeed in learning and in life. For over 25 years, EL has been bringing to life a three-dimensional vision of student achievement that includes mastery of knowledge and skills, character, and high-quality student work. EL promotes active classrooms that are alive with discovery, problem-solving, challenge, and collaboration.

Join us and the community by visiting the purple built in “photo booth” to capture the perfect photo and share your story with the community. 

WATCH: OCEAA Mural ribbon cutting ceremony