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Sunday, April 11, 2021

4-24-21 2:00 pm-4:00 pm - Free virtual - Artist Speaker Series Volly Aronson - The PAI and The Museum SFV - please join us

The Public Art Initiative, a program from The Museum of the San Fernando Valley invites you to meet the April Artist Speaker Series guest, featuring, Volly Aronson.

When: Saturday, April 24, 2021

Time: 2:00 pm - 4:00 pm PDT

Cost: Free*

(*suggested donation to support the Public Art Initiative of The Museum SFV - $10
Pay on our website, PayPal, Zelle)


Volly Aronson is a San Fernando Valley based artist.  She was born in East Berlin, Germany, grew up in West Los Angeles, attended Hamilton High school and W.L.A. City College.

She defines herself with the question “what did I accomplish today”.  

She enjoyed several careers before painting including 25 years as an administrative assistant at several schools including Birmingham HS and to district superintendents with LAUSD. 

After retiring, she took an art class offered at Joann’s Fabrics Store and was thrilled to discover she had a talent for painting. She has received several artistic achievement awards and her work has been featured at the SFV Arts and Cultural Center, and the Los Angeles City Hall Bridge Gallery. 

She has shown and sold her art are at Pasadena Art Walk, Reseda Rising Art Walk and at Creative Exhibition Artist Showcase events. She loves painting and attempts to do so everyday, often doing 2 paintings at a time just for the fun of it. Please join us for this special event... and bring a friend along too.  

View additional artwork on Instagram

NOTE:  Zoom link will be provided via email 1-2 days before scheduled event.

PLEASE tell a family member, colleague or friend about event and have then register, attend and enjoy this event.

For any other event information, please contact Cheri Derohanian or Richard Cryer at


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Thank you.

Monday, February 22, 2021

3-13-21 from 2:00-4:00 pm Artist Speaker Series, Anne K. Bowman; Free Zoom presentation

The Museum of the San Fernando Valley and its Public Art Initiative is pleased to offer an other special event as part of its ongoing Artist Speaker Series with artist Anne K. Bowman.

Saturday, March 13, 2021

2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

Free event
; (suggested donation of $10/person via PayPal; Square; Eventbrite link)



Zoom presentation (Zoom link will be sent after registration and just before the event)

Anne Bowman was born in Brooklyn, NY in July, 1941 as Anne Kass and lived there until June, 1959, at which time her family moved to North Hollywood, CA. She continued her education at UCLA as a physical education major, earning a BS, an MS and a teaching credential. She also met her first husband and began teaching in Sept, 1964 as Anne Newman at Carson HS. She eventually had a son. Gregory, in 1967 and a daughter, Stefani, in 1969 and moved to Woodland Hills in 1970. She then began a 26 year teaching career at Taft Hs, teaching exercise classes, dance production, health education and was class sponsor four times. She left Taft and her first husband in 1996. She remarried in 1997 and became Anne Bowman, and continued to teach at Monroe HS until 2004, when she retired from teaching. 

She had always wanted to paint but had never taken an art class so, at that point, she started taking classes and has been painting ever since. She has presented here before and has also held her own Artist's Showcases in her spacious backyard. She has done that three times and looks forward to this year's show as our lives slowly return to their new normal, whatever that may be!  Through it all, she has been selling her art and making things happen.

Upon registration, you will be sent the ZOOM Link.

Please join us for this special event. No charge, but a suggested $10 donation to The Museum and Public Art Initiative to support valley-based artists and art programming would be greatly appreciated.

Please invite a friend and enjoy this presentation. There will be an opportunity to purchase Anne's art too.

Thank you.

Monday, February 15, 2021

Patt Morrison, of the Los Angeles Times, recently wrote a terrific article on the San Fernando Valley and mentioned The Museum of the San Fernando Valley, Valley Relics and Kevin Roderick, author of the important book and must read: The San Fernando Valley: America’s Suburb.

Please click on the link HERE to enjoy the article.

Please send her a note thanking her for the article or to send another comment:

Patt Morrison is a longtime Los Angeles Times writer, columnist and podcaster who has a share of two Pulitzer Prizes. Her broadcasting work has won six Emmys and 12 Golden Mike awards. Both of her nonfiction books have been bestsellers: “Rio LA,” her book about the Los Angeles River, and “Don’t Stop the Presses! Truth, Justice and the American Newspaper.” She the first woman in nearly 25 years to be honored with the L.A. Press Club’s lifetime achievement award. Pink’s, the legendary Hollywood hot dog stand, named its veggie dog after her.


Michael Stevens
The Museum of the San Fernando Valley

Hyman (Hy) Cohen, known to many as "Coach Cohen" passed away on February 4th, 2021, after reaching his 90th birthday days earlier. He died of complications due to Covid-19 at Eisenhower Memorial Hospital in Rancho Mirage, California. 

He was born in Brooklyn, NY in 1931, the son of Joseph & Bessie Cohen, Jewish immigrants from Eastern Europe. His colorful beginnings were in the baseball sandlots of Brooklyn. NY Yankees scout Paul Krichell showed up at the Polo grounds all-star sandlot game to watch 17 yr old, 6' 5" right hander Hymie Cohen strike out four batters in two innings. He told Hymie "You're going to be the next Hank Greenberg" and signed him for a $750 bonus plus $175/mth. Hy would also tell the story about his father sitting next to Babe Ruth during that game, and not knowing who he was. 

After two years with the Yankees in the minors, Hy signed with the Chicago Cubs in 1951. Playing AAA ball in Des Moines, Hy won a record 10 straight wins, going 16-6 with a 1.88 ERA. In 1952, Hy was drafted into the U.S. Army during the Korean War, assigned to play baseball for the Army where he became teammates with Don Newcombe, Sparky Anderson and Maury Wills to name a few. Hy went 32-6 while playing for the Army. In 1954, Hy returned to the Cubs, making his major league debut the following year. Being one of 400 players in the big leagues, Hy pitched in 7 games for the Cubs. While he struck out Willie Mays twice in one game, Hy would laugh of the time he broke Stan Musial's hitting slump. Ultimately his 7.94 ERA sent him to the PCL Los Angeles Angels. 

Two months and eight dates after arriving in LA, Hy married Terry Davis, the love of his life. At their wedding were Hy's teammates of the PCL Angels, Chuck Connors, aka "the Rifleman", Steve Bilko and Gene Mauch to name a few. 

In 1956, Hy went 5-0 and then to the surprise of his teammates was traded to Memphis. In Memphis, Hy won 15 games leading the league with an ERA of 2.72. Waiting to get called back up to the big leagues, Jack Kent Cook, looking for a Jewish star for his Toronto team, bought his contract. Shortly thereafter, Hy called it quits on pro ball, but his many stories endured. 

He became a physical education teacher and baseball coach at Birmingham High School, winning two City championship baseball titles in 1966 & 1969. He continued coaching baseball, football and tennis into the 1980's. 

He was inducted into the SoCal Jewish Sports Hall of Fame in 1996. Hy was also honored as an outstanding educator in ceremonies at Dodger stadium. 

He is survived by his wife of 66 years, Terry; son & daughter in-law, Jeff & Cheryl, daughter Jill and grandkids Aaron, Sarah & Rachel. The family held a private funeral at Mt.Sinai memorial in Simi Valley.

Friday, February 12, 2021

2-27-21 from 2:00-4:00 pm Black History Month presentation; History of Americans in the San Fernando Valley; Free Zoom presentation

To celebrate 2021 Black History Month, The Museum of the San Fernando Valley’s Speaker Series in conjunction with the Pacoima Historical Society is proud to present:

African Americans in the San Fernando Valley

As early as the 1920s, African Americans began coming to the San Fernando Valley. Although there were only a few, the 30s saw the numbers rise. By the 1950s, the Joe Louis Homes were built that attracted thousands from Los Angeles and the south to migrate to the Valley. Redlining and racial covenants prevented Blacks from living in most Valley areas. Still, this community built a rarely told oasis whose story we will share. 
From the early beginnings in North Hollywood to Pacoima, the history is intriguing. Pacoima produced Heisman Trophy winners, Grammy award winners, and first Black Congresswoman from San Fernando High. This history is worth learning.  Crystal Jackson will make this presentation.

WHAT:  The Museum SFV History of Speaker Series

WHEN:  Saturday, February 27, 2021

TIME:   2:00 pm - 4:00 pm

COST:  FREE;   (suggested $10 donation to support The Museum SFV & Pacoima Historical Society)

DONATE if you can by clicking here - DONATE.

Crystal Jackson, board member of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley and Founder and President of the Pacoima Historical Society, and filmmaker of the 2018 Pan African Film Festival Best Feature Documentary nominee “Pacoima Stories: Land of Dreams”, and author of "The Entrance: Pacoima's Story". Learn about the Pacoima you never knew and its 1500 year history will present.

Crystal was born in Pacoima in the ‘60’s. Her family had moved to the San Fernando Valley in the 1930’s, first North Hollywood, then Pacoima. Crystal graduated Granada Hills High School but
went to San Fernando High her last semester to stay close to her Pacoima friends. She majored in Journalism at Cal State Northridge, but it wasn’t until Crystal moved to the Bay area to begin her Pacoima film that she realized the richness of her town’s history.

Upon registration, guests will be sent the Zoom link.

Please spread the word for this special presentation and event.

Thank you.

Saturday, January 30, 2021

Join Us - Sat. February 13th - 3:00-5:00 pm; Free virtual The Museum and PAI Artist Speaker Series - Artist Darrell Mitchell, II

The Museum of the San Fernando Valley and its Public Art Initiative is pleased to offer an other special event as part of its ongoing Artist Speaker Series and in conjunction with Black History Month, artist Darrell Mitchell, II.

Saturday, February 13, 2021

3:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Free event; (suggested donation of $10/person)

Zoom presentation

Darrell Mitchell, II is a published author, poet and artist. Since 1999, he has written and performed as a Spoken Word Artist known as D-Mitch the Poet and has also produced three spoken word albums, written and published 20 Books, and created over 150 paintings and hosted numerous painting workshops. The artist currently has performance videos that have gone viral and are currently viewed numerous times a throughout the day on national and international channels and websites.

The author’s story has been described as inspirational, powerful and enlightening. Most importantly he represents a family-friendly brand, which address everyday aspects of life and offers a different perspective. Through his work author has moved generations, influenced ideas, and empowered readers and listeners to enjoy life and achieve their dreams.

Darrell Mitchell endeavors to encourage a generation to think better, write better and live better in life. As an organization we promote thinking on a creative level and assist with various aspects of performing arts through fundraising events, showcases and community outreach programs. His goal is to inspire, empower and enlighten the world through art and literature.

The Artist/Writers brand represents products that readers can easily relate to. The current catalog has built a solid foundation among readers and music enthusiast, who currently read and listens to inspirational, empowering and enlightening material. The art and spoken word poetry collection creates a connection with the reader. This collection also enlightens the reader and provides them with understanding. Each published piece is embedded with a message that challenges the reader to make a connection between ideas and concepts. More importantly, the series of artwork and poems give a testimony and explains how you can achieve your dreams by believing in them.

The Museum's Artist Speaker Series has been promoting valley artists for almost a decade. In its new home, and upon opening up again, The Museum SFV has plans for ongoing speaker series, artist workshops, youth art programming and outdoor murals and sculptures.

Upon registration, you will be sent the ZOOM Link.

Please join us for this special event. No charge, but a suggested $10 donation to The Museum and Public Art Initiative to support valley-based artists and art programming would be greatly appreciated.

Friday, January 8, 2021

Former Councilmember Tom LaBonge passes away at age 67 - Mr. Los Angeles

The City of Los Angeles and The Museum of the San Fernando Valley lost a friend in Tom LaBonge.  At the founding of The Museum, after Greig Smith, Councilmember CD12 at the time, Tom LaBonge, CD4, was the next cheerleader for our growing museum.

He seemed to truly enjoy attending cultural events, especially the annual Campo de Cahuenga annual re-enactment in mid-January.


(this is a special photo because it has Councilmembers, Tom LaBonge and Paul Krekorian, Deuk Perrin and Guy Weddington McCreary - 2014 event)

Tom was terrific in exciting an audience and having them engage and enjoy a given event.

He was one of the first city council members to make a donation to The Museum.  After he was termed out of office, we had a couple of phone conversations where he said he was rummaging through all of his stuff and would have some items for us. A few months later, I was in my car, received a call, did not recognize the number but decided to answer it anyway, "hello, this is Michael."  "Hey, Mike! Tom Labonge here, I have some items and want to drop these off today at The Museum."  I replied, "sure, we would appreciate it."  We met later that day and he dropped some items that we still retain today.

He was a 39-year veteran of City Hall. He was known for enjoying the history of Los Angeles. He was an avid photographer and hand out calendars featuring his photographs of the city each year.

LaBonge, who served on the City Council from 2001 to 2015, passed away on Thursday. He was 67. Brigid, his wife of 41 years, said she had been unable to wake him up after he had been resting on the couch. No cause of death was given.

“He was such an irrepressible cheerleader for Los Angeles — a walking encyclopedia of all the amazing things and spots and neighborhoods and institutions in L.A.,” said Councilman Mike Bonin, who represents the city’s coastal neighborhoods. “He was the Huell Howser of L.A. politics, a spirit that was always optimistic and in love with the city.”

To read more on Tom LaBonge by By David Zahniser, Dakota Smith of the Los Angeles Times, please click HERE.

Michel Stevens