THE MUSEUM OF THE SAN FERNANDO VALLEY

The Museum strives to give voice to the distinctive histories of all cultures, races, religions and ideas that have contributed to the San Fernando Valley’s character and development through its exhibitions and events.  We have explored various under-represented groups’ lives and stories over the years. Some include: Pelota Mixteca, a Mexican-Aztec ball sport played down by Hansen Dam; The Mexican-American Community Baseball Teams of the San Fernando Valley; and “Small Lens on BIG LIVES”, the story of the first professional “little people” baseball/basketball team – “The Hollywood Shorties.” Our current exhibition “WWII: Coming Home to the SFV” highlights both Japanese and Black populations’ successes through the Black community’s Tuskegee Airmen and Basilone Homes as well as the detention of SFV Japanese immigrants in the U.S. concentration camps and Valley-based-Tuna Canyon detention station during World War II.

On June 12, The Museum will offer a new exhibition entitled “The Walk of Stories.” This partially DCA-funded integrated art/oral history exhibition is designed to share the stories of three immigrant artists: their journeys from their native countries to the San Fernando Valley; their creativity through their displayed art; and how each ended up being influencers of Valley growth and part of the fabric of the San Fernando Valley. Visitors will self-guide through 3 outside kiosks that display looped oral histories, photos, historical backgrounds and information about the artists, as well as actual artistic works both donated and loaned to the Museum by each immigrant artist.

If you are currently on this site, you already know that this May 22, The Museum is hosting its one-day Pan-Asian Pacific Arts & Cultural Festival at The Museum, 18904 Nordhoff Street, Northridge, CA 91324.