County Museum in the news

The Museum of Ventura County has elected a new board of directors who will direct the museum’s fundraising, exhibits and programming, connecting the community with the history and culture of Ventura County. “We have a past, present and future that make us a celebrated place to live or visit,” said Elena Brokaw, interim executive director of the museum.

The new board members are: Yissel Barajas, Betsy Chess, William Kearney ,Gordon Kimball ,Leslie Leavens, Al Lowe, Kate McLean ,Richard Rush, Mike Sedell , Jim Scanlon and Peter T. Zierhut.

The Museum is seeking volunteers interested in history or art and working with the public in a fun and educational setting, to help support the museum’s events and educational programs and in the research library. All prospective volunteers should attend training workshops on Tuesdays, October 31, and November 7, 14, 21 from 9:30 a.m.–2:30 p.m. For more information, contact Director of Education and Outreach Megan Gately at mgately@venturamuseum.org 653-0323 ext. 310.

Coming events:

Dia de los Muertos Ofrendas: A Chicano Art Practice for Honoring our Loved Ones

Thursday, October 26, 6 – 7 p.m. | Free for members | $5 for non-members

Special guest, Roberto Vargas will present the use of ofrendas (altars) .

Sunday, November 5, 11 a.m.– 4 p.m. | Free admission

A free family event celebrating Dia de los Muertos with music, art, dance and crafts. Performances include De Anza Academy Mariachi Ballet Folklorico de Bell Arts, Danza Mexica Cuautemoc and Ballet Folklorico Mestizo of Oxnard College. Displays will include traditional alters created by Buena High School, Carpinteria Public Library, De Anza Middle School and other local artists.

Saturday, November 11, 2 – 4 p.m. | Free for members | $5 for non-members

The Chicano Moratorium, the massive mobilization in 1969 to raise awareness of the Vietnam War as a civil rights issue in the Chicano community, is the topic of a panel discussion.

Tuesday, November 14, 1:00 – 2:30 p.m. | Free for members | $5 for non-members

Ventura College professor and avid art collector, Tomás Sanchez, will be the featured speaker for the “Speaking Of Ventura County” lecture series. At Ventura College Santa Paula, Sanchez teaches World History, Western Civilization History, United States History and Chicano History. Light refreshments will be served.

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