Happenings at the Museum

The Museum of Ventura County(MVC)  presents a Scandinavian-themed Festival for its Free First Sunday Activity on Sunday, March 5, from 11 am to 5 pm, that highlights Scandinavian culture. The Monthly Series brings families to the Museum, offering free admission, museum experiences and craft-making sessions

MVC has partnered with the Scandinavian American Cultural and Historical Foundation (SACHF) at California Lutheran University in Thousand Oaks to create a mini-festival for children and families.

Activities for the day include:

  • Cultural performances
  • A demonstration of the nyckelharpa, a traditional, stringed Swedish instrument
  • Storytelling of fairy tales by written by famed Danish children’s author Hans Christian Andersen
  • Hands-on Crafts (1-3 pm)

“This program is about accessibility, and helping families develop a tradition of culture with their kids,” said director of education and outreach Megan Gately, “Admission is free, and from 1:00-3:00 pm, docents guide art-making sessions for children to create something to take home.”

An exhibition of artifacts and multi-media imagery chronicles the Women’s March on Washington by Ventura County women at the Museum of Ventura County from March 11 through March 25.

An exhibit that pays tribute to Ventura County participants in January’s Women’s March on Washington called “A Woman’s Place: the March on Washington.”  Comprising signs, posters, ephemera and multi-media presentations, the exhibition commemorates the efforts of women in Ventura County who took to the streets across the country to affirm their place in society.

According to curator Anna Bermudez, “It was immediately apparent to me that the women’s march was history in the making. In my role at the museum, I felt that my participation could take the form of an exhibit that pays tribute to the women who marched, and to all women.  My call for items was answered quickly and decisively.”

Executive Director Elena Brokaw said, “This is what we’re all about; telling the collective stories of our lives and times. Museums, and especially our museum, are a site where ideas converge. We are not always looking to the past; we reflect the times as they are happening.”

An opening reception will be held on Saturday, March 11, from 5:30 – 7:30 pm, will feature women who participated in the event across the country, representing multiple generations. Admission is $10 per person; $5 per member. There will be live music and refreshments.

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