MEMORIES OF ARTS | Ventura County Arts and Culture Events – VC Reporter

ON THE PICTURE : The Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard has been named Museum / Collection of the Year at the 2021 Historic Motoring Awards.

by Nancy D. Lackey Shaffer

Mullin wins international award

The Mullin Automotive Museum in Oxnard, known for its impressive collection of 20th century French coaches and grand prix racing cars from manufacturers such as Bugatti, Figoni and Falaschi, Henri Chapron and Delahaye and Voison, was recently awarded at of the Historic Motoring Awards 2021. The museum was named Museum / Collection of the Year at an awards ceremony in London on November 18th.

“We are honored to be recognized by such a prestigious organization as well as by an exceptional jury,” said Peter W. Mullin, founder of the Mullin Automotive Museum. “The mission of the Mullin collection is to share our love for culture and design that we appreciate so much in historic French automobiles. “

The Historic Motoring Awards began in 2011 to recognize the people, events and places that best exemplify the passion and culture of vintage car collecting. The automotive community nominates candidates for each of the 14 categories of the HMA, which are then voted on by a panel of eminent experts including Bruce Meyer, Derek Bell, Jay Leno and Philip Sarofim.

This is the first victory for the HMA museum and the second for founder Mullin himself, who in 2016 received the Personal Achievement Award.

Washburn, Mulfinger on his way to Taft

Taft Gardens Art Studio will welcome Stephanie Washburn and Jane Mulfinger as artists in residence for 2021/2022.

Congratulations go to local artists Stephanie Washburn and Jane Mulfinger, who have been selected to participate in the 2021/2022 Artist-in-Residence program at Taft Gardens and Nature Preserve in Ojai.

Washburn, from Ojai, works in a range of media, including drawing, photography and video, with an emphasis on the human relationship with materiality and the physical world. During her Taft residency, she will research the history of western landscape imagery and explore nature through the lens of climate change through photography and drawing.

Concept artist Mulfinger, an art professor at the University of California at Santa Barbara, is known for her sensory and immersive works that include sculpture, photography, installation, drawing, performance, and temporal art. . His work explores the relationship between architecture, memory and the body, often at the intersection of human activity and geological changes in history. While at Taft, she will focus on botanical drawing.

The Taft Art in Nature residency program started in January 2021 and offers an eight-month-per-year residency during which selected artists have access to the studio and garden throughout the seasons for artistic reflection and development. . Special events and tours where the public can see the artists at work will be offered throughout the year. The residency will end with an exhibition in the art studio.

NEA Grants for Military, Veterinarians

The National Endowment for the Arts (NEA), in partnership with the Mid-America Arts Alliance, has launched a new grant program under Creative Forces®: NEA Military Healing Arts Network. The Creative Forces Community Engagement Grants will support artistic engagement programs for military and veteran populations and family members, providing opportunities for creative expression and building resilience. Active duty military personnel, rangers, reservists, veterans, military and veteran families, as well as caregivers and health care workers providing care to military and veterans are eligible.

Creative Forces is an initiative of the NEA in partnership with the Ministries of Defense and Veterans Affairs that aims to improve the health, well-being and quality of life of military and veteran populations exposed to trauma. , as well as their families and caregivers.

“Projects supported by this grant program will recognize that engagement in the arts can provide a powerful outlet for fostering community and personal connections,” said Ann Eilers, Interim President of NEA.

Creative Forces Community Engagement projects will require at least one partner and be led by or include at least one organization with a history of creative or artistic programming. Grants of $ 10,000 to $ 50,000 will support projects starting on or after July 1, 2022. The deadline for applications is December 15, 2021.

For more information and to apply, visit

The VCAC is looking for artists in class

The Ventura County Arts Council is currently recruiting visual, literary, and performing artists for its Artists in the Classroom (AIC) arts residency program. The program brings arts educators to Kindergarten to Grade 8 classrooms for eight-week residencies in dance, music, poetry, visual and performing arts. Teaching artists tailor the curriculum to the appropriate grade level, and many incorporate a multicultural and historical perspective into lessons.

Artist educators from all disciplines are encouraged to apply. For more information on the program and to apply, contact AIC Coordinator Deby Tygell at [email protected] or visit

O’Leary wins literary medal

Denis O’Leary of Oxnard, a recently retired teacher and long-time member of the Oxnard School Board, won gold at the 23rd International Latino Book Awards for his book Esteban’s caravan: from hope to the American cage. This is the first prize awarded in the Best Young Adult Fiction Book category.

Denis O’Leary won the gold medal for best young adult fiction book at the 23rd International Latino Book Awards for his book Esteban’s caravan.

Esteban’s caravan is the story of a 10-year-old boy from Guatemala who is separated from his family while seeking asylum in the United States.

“I wrote this story at the height of the shameful policy of separating children from their parents to punish legitimate asylum seekers coming to the United States,” O’Leary said as he accepted the award at a ceremony virtual October 16. “An activist community and a fifth grade teacher at the time in the Rio school district immigrant community, I believed children were being used as fodder in immigration policy at the border. He went on to say that he dedicated the award to “children and families seeking legal asylum in a country of immigrants.”

The International Latino Book Awards are produced by Empowering Latino Futures, a non-profit organization founded in 1997 by Edward James Olmos and Kirk Whisler. The awards recognize books in English, Spanish and Portuguese, in categories such as youth, fiction, non-fiction, poetry, translation and more. The finalists come from over 20 different countries.

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