Ventura Arts Community! The Museum of Ventura County needs our help! According to recent news, the Museum is in danger of closing at the end of August 2017, unless a new business model is achieved. The new model would focus on utilizing on both public and private funds to help the Museum achieve stable revenue streams, in addition to revamping the exhibits.
“We want to be experiential and participatory. We want to focus on events and be interactive, not only for kids but for adults. We want to ask questions of people when they’re there,” the Interim Executive Director of the Museum, Elena Brokaw, said in the Ventura County Star. “Ideas are important, but implementing those ideas always takes funding.”
In order to make this happen, the Museum has put together a proposal to present to the Ventura City Council. It will be on the agenda for the July 10th City of Ventura Council which can be found here. The administrative report for this item can be found here.
The Museum is item 6 on the agenda. The meeting starts at 6 pm and is expected to go before Council at 7 pm or later. We need your attendance at the City Council meeting to demonstrate community support of the Museum.
For those of you who feel comfortable speaking, there are speaker cards at the front of Council Chambers. You also have the option of filling out a comment card; these make an impact, and are passed around during the item so all Councilmembers are able to read your comments during the meeting.
Bell Arts Factory and the Museum have always worked closely together, especially with the Tool Room gallery. We strongly believe that we cannot loose such a vital part of Ventura’s history and center for the arts. The Museum of Ventura County is an essential part of our community. If you feel the same way, please come to the council meeting at Ventura’s City Hall: 501 Poli St, Ventura, CA 93001.
Thank you for all your support. It will make a huge difference.