Drawing Workshop: California Native Plants, Jan. 14, noon to 2 PM
Join Andreas Hessing and discover the California native plants in the museum’s outdoor garden through his drawing workshop. He is an artist, landscape designer, and contractor at Scrub Jay Studies. Workshop is for those 10 and older. Materials will be provided. Reservations recommended at (909) 395-2510
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.
One of them is becoming a docent for the Museum. It's a perfect way to educate a lot of inquiring minds about the area’s history and cultural heritage and maybe learn a little about the area in which you live.
The museum is looking for volunteer docents to be trained to conduct tours of the permanent items in the museum as well as the always changing special exhibitions of art and history.
Interested? Call 909-365-2510 to find out about becoming a very special docent for the museum.
And there's another volunteer opportunity -- working in the Museum Store. The museum needs folks 18 or older willing to work 4-hour shifts while the museum is open. No experience is required.
Want to find out more? Call Store Manager Paul Gomez at 909-238-6444 for details.
named museum director
Marissa Gonzalez-Kucheck has been named the new director of the Ontario Museum of History & Art, bringing an extensive background in the arts and in museum management to Ontario.
Marissa joined the museum staff on Jan. 13, coming to Ontario from her previous position in the Cultural Arts Division of the city of South Gate.
And while she is a native Southern Californian – she attended high school in Irvine – her college education came many miles away. She received a bachelor’s degree in art history and a minor in urban studies from McGill University in Montreal, Canada, and a master’s degree in art history and museum studies from the University of Michigan.
“I was pleased to find that the city, like me, has its own Canadian connection, with George Chaffey," said Marissa, whose mother is Canadian.
Marissa brings a wealth of experience having worked at the Huntington Library, the Bronx Museum of the Arts, the Brooklyn Museum and the Orange County Museum of Art. She is an alumnus of Arts for LA’s ACTIVATE program, holds a certificate in community teaching artistry from Cal State Los Angeles, and has completed the 2021 Rautenberg New Leaders Project.
She says she is up to the challenge of using the museum’s strategic plan to build greater interest and growth while overcoming the hardships produced by the covid epidemic of the last two years.
Melissa said among the challenges facing the museum are construction improvements underway to upgrade facilities in the 1930s former City Hall, as well as developing programs to reach out to new communities in Ontario and adjacent cities. The museum has a new and expansive water exhibit due to open this year while also undergoing the museum accreditation process.
“It’s a very exacting time for the museum and the city,” she said. “But it is just a matter of taking each challenge one piece at a time. I think we are very much ready for the future.”
'We The People' exhibit set to artistically interpret
Preparations are underway by the Ontario Museum of History & Art for the first exhibition of the New Year: “We The People, Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow.”
The exhibit – from Feb. 2 through April 16 – will be an art exposition focused on the interpretations of the Preamble of the United States Constitution. Artists have been asked to delve into the significance of the Preamble and through their works offer their interpretations of its imperfections, complexities and present-day interpretations.
Entries were received through mid-November. 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 will select 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.”
'Built on Water' exhibit to open at museum next year
If you visit the Ontario Museum of History & Art these days, you might see a little dust and a lot of construction.
The main reason for this -- there are other improvements going on at our facility -- is the construction of a new exhibit: “Built on Water: Ontario and Inland Southern California.”
The new exhibit has been made possible by a grant from the Institute of Museum & Library Services.
“Built on Water,” due to open next spring, will be devoted to an examination of the history, present and future of water conservation in the region.
The exhibit will focus on the regional relationship with water, where it comes from, conservation measures under way and how we are dealing with underground pollution of water sources.
During the construction, the museum will remain open to the public.
Museum hours extended on Thursdays
The Ontario Museum of History & Art has new hours effectively immediately. .
The museum, 225 S. Euclid Ave. in Ontario, is open Thursdays and Fridays from noon to 4 p.m. and Saturdays and Sundays from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
It will be closed on Dec. 24 and 25, and Dec, 31 and Jan. 1. Information: (909) 395-2510.