Cultural Organizations to Celebrate 150th Anniversary of Visalia’s Incorporation

In celebration of the 150th anniversary of incorporation of the City of Visalia, the Arts Consortium has partnered with the Tulare County Museum, Visalia Rescue Mission at Oval Park, Main Gallery Group and the Urbanists Collective for a special event celebrating the rich and vibrant culture of our city.

On Saturday, August 23, from 10am to noon, members of the community are invited to gather at the Tulare County Museum at Mooney Grove Park (27000 S. Mooney Blvd., Visalia) to celebrate who we were, who we are, and who we might become with the event, “History in the Making.”

Resident musicians featured on The Oval Park Compilation CD will perform live music, while members of the historical society offer museum tours and stories of the city’s past. In the gallery, artwork created by the Main Gallery Group will be on display while participating artists talk with the community about the inspiration behind their work.
Participating artists include: Jeri Burzin, Deb Nolan, Linda Hengst, Betty Berk, Toni Best, Laurie Gorman, Joy Collier, Ginny Wilson and Beckie Nova. Erik Gonzalez of the Urbanists Collective, a local grassroots organization dedicated to creating social change through art, will also be present, encouraging event attendees to make their mark on history by contributing to a community art piece, which the Arts Consortium hopes to display for months to come.
Free lunch will be provided to the first 100 guests, courtesy of the popular local eatery, Taylor Bros Hot Dog Stand. Additional snacks and refreshments, as well as The Oval Park Compilation album, original works of art, and various historical reference items will also be available for purchase.

A suggested minimum donation of $5 will help support collections and programming at the Tulare County Museum.

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