VENTURA, Calif.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Accomplished street artist Eleanor Ray has created a 30-foot mural named The Memory Lives On to honor artists who have lost their lives too soon due to drug-related causes. In collaboration with La Ventana treatment center and executive director Heather Edney, the mural was created for International Overdose Awareness Day and will be unveiled August 31st at La Ventana’s treatment center in Ventura.
According to Heather Edney, executive director of La Ventana, the message behind the mural is simple. The faces of these artists represent the hundreds of thousands of people who have died from drug addiction, a treatable disease, and don’t have a voice. Artists in the mural include Cory Monteith, Heath Ledger, Whitney Houston, Kurt Cobain, James Dean, Anna Nicole Smith, Amy Winehouse, Janis Joplin, Elvis Presley, Marilyn Monroe, Jimi Hendrix and River Phoenix.
“We wanted to send a message this year that drug addiction is treatable and does not define you as a human being. These artists in the piece might have died due to drug addiction but they are artists and their art will live on in their memory. We hope to inspire people to think about what it means to die of a disease that is both treatable and preventable, just like any other disease,” added Edney.
The unveiling of the mural will take place August 31st from 11am to 1pm at the La Ventana community event to commemorate International Overdose Awareness Day.
About La Ventana
La Ventana Treatment Programs focus on understanding the complexity and progressive nature of eating disorders and substance abuse. Individuals seeking recovery may struggle with addictive behaviors and other underlying problems such as depression, anxiety, trauma, chronic pain and compulsive behaviors that may have blocked past attempts to free themselves from addictive behaviors. La Ventana’s individualized approach offers a continuum of care including Residential Detoxification, Day Treatment, Intensive Outpatient Programs, and Structured Client Housing.
La Ventana’s Co-occurring Disorders Program is located at 2443 Portola Road, #A Ventura. For more information on La Ventana’s programs, please visit: https://www.facebook.com/LaVentanaCooccurringDisorders