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Mindful Art: Paint With Us

April 7, 3 to 4 p.m.

Join museum staff for a mindful tour in the galleries where participants will be introduced to mindfulness and well-being at the museum. Participants 13 and older will learn how museums can be a space for curiosity and slowing down by exercising mindfulness through reflection and painting. Space is limited.

Entries now closed for Biennial Open Art Exhibition


Registration for the region’s prestigious art competitions – the 12th Biennial Ontario Open Art Exhibition – has been closed by the Associates of the Ontario Museum of History & Art. 

The exhibition is limited to 60 entries, which has been reached, more than a week before the original deadline of March 24. 


The exhibition, which will run from May 18 to July 30, is for artists of all ages in San Bernardino, Riverside, Los Angeles, Orange, and San Diego counties.  

The Ontario Museum Associates is a non-profit support group for educational and community events of the museum. Funds raised by the Ontario Open assist the Associates in their volunteer staffing, fundraising, and membership. 


Award levels are $500 for first place; $300 for second; $200 for third; and $75 (up to four) for honorable mentions.


This year’s juror is Jennifer Kane, an artist, arts organizer, and teacher from Los Angeles, who currently resides in Joshua Tree. She serves as the executive director of Arts Connection, the Arts Council of San Bernardino County. 


The Museum Associates organize the Open because it is always a fun, interesting experience, both for artists of the region who get a new audience for their talents, and for the community, which is given a chance to view an array of special artworks. 



'We The People' exhibit  artistically interprets the

Constitution's Preamble  


 “We The People, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow " is open at the Ontario Museum of History & Art as an art exposition focused on the interpretations of the Preamble of the United States Constitution.


The exhibit – through April 16 – asked artists to delve into the significance of the Preamble and through their works offer their interpretations of its imperfections, complexities and present-day interpretations. 


The exhibit’s guest curators are Riea Owens and Dr. Patricia Jessup-Woodlin.


“We the People: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow”  will allow audiences to engage with artistic understandings of the Constitution as a shared fluid experience that has transformed over generations.


At its inception, the Preamble pledged equality for a small contingent of the population.  Over the decades, Constitutional amendments have been ratified to exapnd freedom to more Americans.  As a result, the promise and interpretation of the Preamble have changed in scope, though today, some communities and individuals still voice inequality as the country debates and challenges the meaning of personal freedoms.  

The jury panel has selected artwork that best represents the exhibit's theme.  Artwork will explore the Preamble in its entirety or any of the following ideas: “We the People,” “A More Perfect Union,” “Justice,” “Tranquility,” “General Welfare,” “Blessings of Liberty,” and “Posterity.” 

Volunteers needed to help

guide our many visitors

There’s a couple of special volunteer opportunities for you to help our Museum tell the story of Ontario and the region to eager young people and adults.


The museum is looking for docent to conduct tours.  Additionally, we're looking for committee members and those who could work a few hours a week at the Museum store.  

Interested? Contact the office at (909) 395-3510. 



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