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THE VIBE

STATE OF THE ART

Left to right: MB Hanrahan, First Fridays,
End of the Trail mural by artist David Flores

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ask questions, and to have a say. This
unique mission filters into a true sense of
community involvement. Once a month
the museum hosts a free lecture, and every
other Tuesday offers a free drawing class
(the first session of the month is held at the
museum and the next at a local brewery).
Every Thursday you can hear live music in
the courtyard during lunchtime with free
admission from 11:30 a.m. until 1:30 p.m.
And Sundays are family days - the first
Sunday of the month is free and host to an
array of kid-centric activities. Says Brokaw,
"We're trying to make it as easy as possible
to enter these doors."
Speaking of community involvement:
Keep your eyes peeled when walking (or
driving) the streets - you needn't look
far to spot local art in the wild. From an
extensive offering of murals meant to
be enjoyed (by everyone, for free) to the
aforementioned painted utility boxes to
art classes at Vita Art Center, engaging
with Ventura's creative culture has never
been easier.

A GUIDE TO VENTURA'S MURALS

Street art is everywhere in Ventura,
but here is a list of the murals we
think every visitor should see.
* End of the Trail by David Flores
1895 E. Main St.
* Aventura by Michael O'Kelly
211 E. Main St.
* Whale Mural by Ruben Rojas
4100 Telegraph Rd.
* R. Sig├╝enza by MB Hanrahan
* Tradicion Universal by Rolando
Siguenza, Mb Hanrahan, and
Uriel Leon
Corner of W. Harrison & Ventura Ave.
* Agriculture and Industries of
Ventura, 1936-37 by Gordon K. Grant
675 E. Santa Clara St.
Be sure to check out and follow
@ventura_streetart on Instagram
for an ongoing collection of inspiring
work by Ventura's talented artists.

@VISITVENTURA

Top left and right: photos by @ventura_streetart

There's also a plethora of studio spaces
and galleries around town, most of which
accept visitors. Don't miss First Fridays
at Bell Arts Factory for open studios, live
art, and live music, Lindhard's Art City
Studios as well as Stoneworks Studios
and Galleries.
And, of course, there's the Museum
of Ventura County, whose mission is to
make art feel accessible, experiential, and
inclusive for locals and visitors alike. The
museum is buzzing with energy in the
midst of what its director, Elena Brokaw,
calls a five-year reinvention plan to bring
a fresh approach and edgier content. "Our
goal is to be a bridge between the past
and the future," she says. "We want to be
a place where different types of people
come together. Most people kind of select
themselves out of going to a cultural
institution - we want to be the thing that
stops that."
The museum is not only host to a list
of rotating exhibitions, but it encourages
viewers to see themselves in the art, to



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