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Video+Story: New Mural Adds More Color to Clardy Fox Library

A new, colorful mural that covers part of the Clardy Fox Library, was unveiled to the public on Satuday

Local artist Adrian Lopez created the mural as part of the MCAD’s Artist Incubator Program and received funding to design and install the mural. He and dozens of volunteers are putting the finishing touches on the mural that’s on the front part of the library.

The mural covers 5,000 square feet of the exterior of the building, located at 5515 Robert Alva.

“Teaching and collaborating with youth for over a decade, I now have an opportunity to create for and with the community I have grown up in,” said mural artist Adrian Lopez.

Lopez, along with members from the Henderson Middle School Chess Club, traded pawns for paint brushes, adding vibrant pops of color to a new abstract art project beautifying the library.

“MCAD has a long standing partnership with El Paso’s Libraries. We work together to bring cultural programming directly into the neighborhoods and communities around El Paso. This is a great opportunity to install a new art piece where it will welcome library visitors for many years to come,” said Museums and Cultural Affairs Director Tracey Jerome.

“Libraries in El Paso serve as centers of culture, art and literature. Thanks to funding from MCAD and the work of artists like Mr. Lopez, libraries are able to improve the aesthetic appeal of the neighborhoods in which they’re located and give local artists an outlet for their creativity and make citizens more proud of their communities,” said El Paso Public Library Interim Library Director, Mark Pumphrey.

The City of El Paso is one of the few municipalities that provides direct funding to artists to create new work. This funding is awarded annually through a highly competitive grant process.

City Appoints New Deputy City Manager

The City of El Paso is pleased to announce the promotion of Cary Westin as the new Deputy City Manager for Economic Development and Tourism. Westin will take on his new role effective immediately.

Westin has been with the City of El Paso since 2014 and most recently served as the Managing Director of Economic and International Development where he was responsible for business growth, business attraction and retention.

As a deputy city manager, Westin will oversee the departments of Airport, Community and Human Development, Destination El Paso, Economic Development, International Bridges, Museums and Cultural Affairs, and Planning & Inspections.

“Mr. Westin is a proven leader who has had a major impact in the success of our City,” said City Manager Tommy Gonzalez. “I am confident that he will continue to thrive in this new role and grow the successes of the departments he oversees.”

The appointment of this key position is solidifying the City of El Paso’s executive leadership team. The City of El Paso earlier this year established the Public Works and Transportation team led by Deputy City Manager Khalil Zaied, who manages the departments of Capital Improvement, Streets and Maintenance, Environmental Services and Mass Transit – Sun Metro, and serves as the liaison to the Metropolitan Planning Organization, the Camino Real Regional Mobility Authority and utilities.

Prior to joining the City, Westin spent three years with the Borderplex Alliance and the El Paso Regional Economic Development Corporation as Vice President of Business Development for the Defense and Clean Technology sectors, responsible for attracting new industry to the region.

Before that he worked for Aerospace Missions Corporation as Vice President for Business Development, supporting key technology research and development projects.

Westin served 25 years on active duty in the Army in a variety of critical command and staff positions. Westin’s occupational specialty was air defense operations, culminating in a four year assignment as the Director of the Air Defense Artillery Test Directorate (ADATD), U.S. Army Operational Test Command at Fort Bliss, Texas.

Westin earned a Master of Strategic Studies at the U.S. Army War College in Carlisle, Pennsylvania in 2006. He also holds a BA (English) from the Virginia Military Institute, Lexington, Virginia.

The City of El Paso will begin looking for a new Economic & International Development director in the coming weeks.

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