Museum is awarded
The Ontario Museum of History & Art has achieved accreditation by the American Alliance
of Museums, the highest national recognition afforded the nation’s museums.
Accreditation signifies excellence to the museum community, to governments, funders, outside agencies, and to the museum-going public. Of the nation’s estimated 33,000 museums, less than
1,100 are accredited. The Museum is one of only 78 museums accredited in California and one of eight in San Bernardino County.
“This is a huge milestone for the Museum and a testament to our staff’s dedication and expertise," said Marissa Kucheck, director of the Museum.
Alliance Accreditation brings national
recognition to a museum for its commitment to excellence, accountability, professional
standards and continued institutional improvement.
“This is so exciting,” said Ontario Councilwoman Debra Porada. “This will bring the Ontario Museum of History & Art more opportunities
for funding in the future.”
To earn accreditation a museum first must
conduct a year of self-study, and then undergo a site visit by a team of peer reviewers. The Alliance’s Accreditation Commission considers the self-study and visiting committee report to determine whether a museum should receive accreditation.
“Accredited museums are a community of institutions that have chosen to hold themselves publicly accountable to excellence,” said
Laura L. Lott, Alliance president and CEO.
“Accreditation is clearly a significant
chievement, of which both the institutions and
the communities they serve can be extremely proud.”
Volunteers needed to help guide visitors
Did you know that more than 900 students and adults came to the Museum as part of 24 tours conducted during this fall?
The Museum welcomes local students and teachers for school tours to engage with our gallery exhibits and collections. All museum tours are led by museum educators who connect our collections and exhibits to classroom curriculums.
Emphasized are close-looking, visual thinking strategies, and inquiry; free-choice learning by exploring and choosing what to learn; the information given affirms and expands on the choices made; making connections to ideas, other art forms, other school subjects, and to one’s experience; and cultural relevance by connecting art and local history to diverse communities, cultural traditions, and lived experiences.
Museum tours are based on the California Common Core State Standards in a range of subjects including English language arts, history/social science, science, and visual arts.
Museum tours are offered on Tuesdays through Fridays between 9 a.m. and 1 p.m. Tour experiences can be scheduled in a variety of tour options from 45 to 90 minutes.
The Museum is in need of volunteers to become docents to conduct these tours to help tell the story of Ontario and the region.
Additionally, we're looking for volunteers to serve on committees or who could work a few hours a week at the Museum store.
Interested? Contact the office at (909) 395-3510.
Members of the Ontario Elks Lodge generously presented a check for $5,000 to the Associates of the Museum recently to help further the institution's educational programs.
'Conduit' art exhibit on water's impact now open at Museum
“Conduit,” an art exhibit inspired by the new “Built On Water” program, is now open, featuring the works of seven artists. It runs through May 19.
The exhibit uncovers how water has shaped the way we live, focusing on the tension between urban growth and the natural world.
“Conduit presents conversations of native and non-native species, availability of plant material for cultural practice, fire, industry and of course water itself,” explained Debra Scacco, who guest-curated the exhibit.
“The dialogue between these works explores how abundance quickly followed by scarcity has shaped the modern world. And how history is the most apt teacher of the future.”
Artists showcased in Conduit are christy roberts berkowitz, Lauren Bon, Gerald Clarke, Noe Montes, Samantha Morales Johnson, Stuart Pally and Lorene Sisquoc. Each will offer drawings, photos and other elements on various water-related issues in Southern California.
A series of discussions by these artists will also be held during the exhibit.
“Built On Water” is a permanent Museum exhibit that tells the stories of local water agencies, regional tribes, agriculture, water conservation and creation of the city of Ontario.