The Museum of Ventura County and California Resources Corporation will host a “Moment of Gratitude,” 8:30–9:30 a.m., Nov. 9, at the Museum’s Smith Pavilion. The event is an opportunity for Executive Director Elena Brokaw to thank city and county officials and the community for their support throughout the Museum’s fiscal challenge, and to provide an update on the Museum’s progress to date. Also on the agenda will be the introduction and welcome to the newly-elected board of directors, and a special presentation from California Resources Corporation.
“The incredible support and commitment the Museum has received from community members, corporations, such as California Resources Corporation, and both city and county officials, has enabled us to avert a museum closure and develop a new path toward sustainability,” said Brokaw. “As we continue to plan for 2018, we want to pause and give thanks to everyone for recognizing the value the Museum brings to Ventura County.”
Brokaw reached out to city officials and Ventura County’s board of supervisors this past July to request public funding to help the Museum keep its doors open. The Ventura County Board of Supervisors voted to give the Museum $155,000 for six months, with the direction of the money going toward helping assess the collection and determine what it will take to keep that maintained. The Ventura City Council approved $125,000 for six months.
In addition to the many popular exhibitions and quality programming provided by the Museum, the main museum campus in downtown Ventura and the agricultural museum in Santa Paula are the storehouses for a comprehensive collection of artifacts, photography and personal memorabilia documenting more than 150 years of the region’s history.
The Nov. 9 event is free to the public, however a reservation is required. Please visit http://bit.ly/2ynRSmR to reserve your spot. For additional information, please call 653-0323.