'Miriam Valle-Mancilla new
Museum education curator 


Miriam Valle-Mancilla has become the Curator

of Education for the Ontario Museum of

History & Art after spending much of her

education on the far side of the continent.


As the new Curator of Education, she oversees

public education programs for the museum’s

audiences, both young and old. 


Miriam, a graduate of Ramona High School in Riverside, traveled about as far away as you can in the United States when she spent her college years at Colby College in Waterville, Maine. 


It was there she began her museum career at the Colby College Museum of Art, both as a student and later as the Assistant for Access & Outreach and finally the inaugural Linde Family Foundation Coordinator of Academic Access.  


These positions prepared her well for her new position in Ontario collaborating with student groups, docents, faculty, and campus and community organizations to put on events using art and exhibitions to foster dialogue across social issues and a range of interdisciplinary topics.


“I am looking forward to meeting the

variety of audiences that seek arts and culture in their town and those who may be struggling in finding a way to connect with art,” she explained. 


Her tasks will be to plan and coordinate school tours, create educator and craft workshops and put on programs to engage the community’s rich diversity. She will also work on promoting the museum through various media and the city’s Ontario Living Magazine.


Museum Programs



We The People:

Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow

Feb. 2 to April 16  

Guest curators Riea Owens and Dr. Patricia Jessup-Woodlin present, We the People: Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow. The Museum is searching for artists to delve into the significance of the Preamble of the United States Constitution and unpack the nuances of the phrase, "We the People," its imperfections, complexities, and present-day interpretations.

 The Museum is searching for artists to delve into the significance of the Preamble of the United States Constitution. 

The deadline to submit artwork is Nov. 21.

 For more information and to apply visit: OntarioMuseum.org/Upcoming/




That’s a Wrap

Dec. 4, noon to 3 PM (Ontario Museum of History & Art)

Dec. 14, 6:30 to  8 PM (Ovitt Community Library, 215 E C St.)

Dec. 23, 10 AM to 5:30 PM (Lewis Family Branch Library, 3850 E Riverside Dr.)

The Museum and Ontario City Libraries invite those 15 and older to deck out their holiday gifts by creating their own custom wrapping paper. Use treasured icons like our Frankish fountain, Armstrong roses, and Nugent Park  horseshoes! Participants will carve their own unique linocut print block.  To reserve your spot, call (909) 395-2510


Adult Paint Night: Cozy Mount Baldy

Dec. 8, 5 PM – 7 PM

Those 18 and older can enjoy some hot cocoa at the Museum and join artist Elidé Sanchez in a guided painting session of Mount Baldy in the wintertime. Refreshments will be provided. Reservations recommended at (909) 395-2510. 


Community Workshop: Water Wise Ontario

Dec. 10, 1 PM to 3 PM

Are you interested in creating a drought-tolerant yard? Learn about various drought tolerant plants and how to adjust your irrigation seasonally. Examples will include house designs and installations, as well as a tour of the drought tolerant garden at the Museum. This event is organized and presented by the Water Wise Community Center in Montclair and the Ontario Municipal Utilities Co.


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. For more than 20 years, his site-specific installations have celebrated regional biodiversity while focusing on the philosophical, political, and social implications of California’s indigenous flora. Workshop is for those 10 and older. Materials will be provided. Reservations recommended at (909) 395-2510


Emerging Artist Meet-Up

January, 2023 (Date TBD)

Calling all local artists! Join museum staff for a recurring series that offers emerging artists networking opportunities and resources. For this session, we are joined by local illustrator and designer, Domonique Brown. Her work has been featured in Forbes, Target, Urban Outfitters, Buzzfeed and Insecure on HBO. Learn more about her empowering portraits and celebration of diversity in her artistic career. 


(Via Zoom) Virtual Talk: Meet the Man with a Smile – Henry J. Kaiser

Jan. 29, 1 to 2 PM

Join author and historian Ric A. Dias as he highlights the successes, failures, and limits of Henry J. Kaiser. The audience will learn more about “Miracle Man Kaiser” who built a steel plant in record time and churned out over a million tons of the invaluable metal for the 1940s war effort.  Zoom link will be available online in January 2023.


Silk Screen Printing Workshop: Celebrate BL-ART (Black Art)

Feb.  4, noon to 2 PM


For Black History Month we’re celebrating Black artists! Submit your print designs to be selected as a winner for our Black History Month tote bag design! Local artist, Skool Boiz, will present the winning design as part of the silk-screening workshop. Participants will learn how to silk screen print their own Black History Month tote bag to use throughout the month.  Tote bags will be provided while supplies last and participants are encouraged to bring their own garments to print. Information on how to enter the design contest:  https://www.ontariomuseum.org/. 


     Ontario Art Walk & Exhibit Reception: 

We the People

Feb. 18, 6 to 9 PM

The Museum invites you to celebrate the opening of the We the People: Yesterday, Today and Tomorrow exhibition during the night of the Ontario Art Walk. The exhibit reception will be filled with artists and artwork representing the diversity of our culturally rich population in Southern California. Enjoy light refreshments, art-making activities and shop local vendors throughout the evening. To learn more about Ontario Art Walk, please visit ontarioartwalk.org