By the Acorn
After learning about the work of Camp Hope at the Ventura County Family Justice Center, members of the Westlake Women’s Club Art and Culture Committee collaborated with camp members to create a mural at the center.
Camp Hope is a program for children who have been affected by crime. The county adopted the program six years ago to support crime prevention and help local kids.
Margo Lewis, chair of the art committee, said the children met through Zoom with artist Megan Sullivan.
“She took their thoughts and ideas and designed three ideas for a mural,” Lewis said.
After voting on the designs, they selected one with a sunburst that had spaces where the children could add their own touches to the artwork, she said.
Sullivan said art is a form of therapy and a way to express feelings, and it also creates a sense of accomplishment.
Behr Paint Company donated the paint. The DIY Home Center in Westlake contributed the other supplies.
The mural was installed March 27. Attending the event were the children of Camp Hope, the Family Justice Center team, Westlake Women’s Club board members, Sullivan and Ventura County District Attorney Erik Nasarneko.
About 7,500 domestic violence calls are received each year by 911 operators. About 45 children are currently being helped at the Family Justice Center.
The Westlake Women’s Club is a philanthropic organization that works to improve the lives of people in the Conejo Valley and surrounding areas.