The Museum of the San Fernando Valley's Public Art Initiative and its newest walking tour had a fantastic inaugural event on August 17th.
Lead docent Manny Velazquez and guest speakers Levi Ponce, Kristy Sandoval and Javier Martinez were on hand to add colorful, passionate insight into the backgrounds, stories and people behind each mural. Raul Guerra, a local artist also did some live painting on a utility box, organized by Pacoima Beautiful. Local filmmaker, Miguel Duran, also came out to capture the first tour in action.
They provided a true sense of community, collaboration and neighborhood spirit that could act as a model for all cities throughout Los Angeles.
When the tour began right outside of Myke's Cafe, California State Assemblyman Raul Bocanegra and Ralph Andrade, Myke's Cafe owner came out and said hello to the crowd. At the end of the tour, Anthony Davis, famed USC running back and NFL star was eating at Myke's.
About a dozen people had lunch at Myke's Cafe - further supporting the community.
Attendees were treated to a special bonus as Hector Ponce was found working on a mural.
Stay tuned for additional photos and video from this tour on Museum digital channels.
Much thanks to Maryley Carrillo and Roger Dolin for taking the lead and initiative for this tour. Thank you to the City of Pacoima for being great hosts and to the Pacoima City Hall for allowing our guest to use their facilities during the tour. Also, thanks to the Public Art Initiative committee, Joann Hyslop, Michel Stevens and The Museum's board of directors for additional support.
Additional thanks to local corporate supporters including:
Tia Chucha's Centro Cultural & Bookstore
Please mark your calendar for the next Pacoima Mural Walking Tour on Saturday, October 19th from 10:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m.
For more tour information, please also visit: http://www.themuseumsfv.org/events/tours/pacoima-mural-tour