Museum educates 3rd and 4th graders and is seeking volunteers for new exhibit

The Museum of Ventura County is now accepting registration for its 2016 Chumash Youth Program, which gives children hands-on learning about Ventura County’s indigenous Native American culture. The program will be held at the museum from June 20-24 (Mon. through Fri.), 9:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. All students currently in 3rd and 4th grades are eligible.

The Chumash Youth Program is a junior anthropology program that teaches children about the culture of the Chumash through songs, stories, and games. Students will use traditional methods and materials to make their own clapper stick instruments, stone pendants and plant fiber string. Explore the lifestyle of children in a Chumash village!

The registration fee is $100 per child, or $85 per child or grandchild of a Museum of Ventura County member.  Fee includes T-shirt, snacks, and all materials. Registration forms may be downloaded at www.venturamuseum.org, or picked up in the lobby of the Museum of Ventura County. For further information contact Megan Gately at mgately@venturamuseum.org or call  653-0323 ext. 300.

The Museum is recruiting volunteers to help host the nationally acclaimed Smithsonian exhibit entitled I Want the Wide American Earth: An Asian Pacific American Story from June 18th through August 28th, 2016. This stunning exhibit celebrates and explores the impact of Asian-Pacific Americans on our nation’s history. MVC’s presentation will be augmented with art and artifacts that illustrate Ventura County’s local Asian-Pacific immigrant history.

The museum seeks friendly volunteers that will serve as gallery ambassadors for this exhibition.  If you are interested in history, culture (and people!), please attend our mandatory exhibit training class on Monday, June 13, 1:30-3:30 pm at the Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main. Volunteers are needed for the duration of the exhibit, except Mondays when the museum is closed.

Contact Megan Gately  653-0323 x300, mgately@venturamuseum.org to sign up for the training. This is an exciting cultural opportunity for Ventura County, don’t miss it!

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