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Wednesday, June 17, 2015

Summer 2015 Volunteer Training to Begin Soon

Heritage Square is always in need of more volunteer docents to help introduce our guests to the museum and our wonderful buildings. If you enjoy the lifestyle and architecture of the past this might be a great opportunity for you!

Volunteers are an integral part of Heritage Square. To become a regular volunteer at Heritage Square we ask that you complete our 5 session training course. All classes are from 9:30am-11:30am on Saturday mornings. The first session is free of charge and the subsequent sessions have a $5 materials fee. These classes cover a wide range of topics from Victorian interior design to LA history. The course is designed to introduce you to the concepts covered at the museum and give you the tools necessary to create an informed tour. Our next session of volunteer training will begin August 1.

If you are interested in becoming a volunteer please fill out the volunteer application found on this page and return it to me at your convenience. Please contact Jessica at (323) 225-2700 ext. 222 or via email at educator@heritagesquare.org if you have any additional questions.

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Thursday, April 2, 2015

“In Search of An Exit” at Heritage Square April 10 to May 3

USC Roski School of Art and Design and the MA in Art and Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere program present In Search of an Exit (or Eight Characters in a Parlor), a group exhibition of time-based artworks about the human condition at the Heritage Square Museum.

In Search of an Exit (or Eight Characters in a Parlor)
Exhibition dates: April 10 – May 3, 2015
Opening reception: Tuesday April 7, 6-9pm

Heritage Square Museum
3800 Homer Street
Los Angeles, CA 90031
Admission to exhibition is free
Friday-Sunday, 11:30am-4:30pm
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The works in the exhibition present situations where individuals or groups of people find themselves in a space and have to negotiate their existence within pre-established and external conditions. Inspired by Jean Paul Sartre’s 1944 play No Exit, the exhibition considers themes of time, existence, freedom, and collectivity through time-based work. The structure of a given environment is a pervasive yet ever-evolving stimulus of human behavior capable of catalyzing a spectrum of reactions, from cultural resistance to immersion. The works in this exhibition, a selection of video installations, sound works, and performances, address the adaptability of the human condition in response to external circumstances.

The exhibition will take place at the Heritage Square Museum—a living history museum featuring nineteenth-century buildings from Southern California—a choice of location that highlights the human impulse to preserve artifacts. As the characters in No Exit questioned the peculiarity of their surroundings (a Second Empire-style parlor room), the twenty-first-century artworks stimulate a similar assessment of the three Victorian-era houses into which they are placed. The unique setting additionally highlights the prevalence of the built environment and the effects of architecture as preoccupations for many of the artists in the exhibition.

The participating artists of In Search of an Exit (or Eight Characters in a Parlor) are Basma Alsharif (b.1983, Kuwait), Jordi Colomer (b.1962, Barcelona), Patricia Esquivias (b.1979, Caracas), Emiliano Rocha Minter (b.1990, Mexico City), Miller Robinson (b.1992, Lodi, California), Barbara T. Smith (b.1931, Pasadena), Sergio de la Torre (b.1967, San Diego), and Clarissa Tossin (b.1973, Porto Alegre).

The exhibition will be on view at Heritage Square Museum located at 3800 Homer Street in Los Angeles. Gallery hours are Friday through Sunday, 11:30am-4:30pm, April 10th – May 3rd, 2015. An opening reception will be held on April 7th, from 6pm – 9pm.

Program Information, MA Art and Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere program:
In Search of an Exit (or Eight Characters in a Parlor) is the practicum exhibition for the 2015 candidates in the MA Art and Curatorial Practices in the Public Sphere program, an intensive Master’s-level program in the practice and history of curating studied through the lens of critical theory and the history of art. With a focus on the research and exhibition of contemporary art, as well as attending to art historical curating and broader conceptions of curating such as performance art programming, instructors with international careers lead students in asking social questions about the exhibition of art (broadly construed) in relation to its publics. Over two years of full-time academic study, students explore modes of curatorial practice in a curriculum combining seminars and professional training. Courses are lead by USC Roski’s internationally acclaimed faculty which includes renowned artists, scholars, critics and curators. For questions about the program, please contact mapublic@usc.edu

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Monday, February 2, 2015

Board of Directors Seeking Nominations

Heritage Square Museum (HSM), www.heritagesquare.org, is seeking nominations of qualified professionals as candidates for election to their Board of Directors. The Museum’s mission is to preserve, restore, and interpret the architecture, physical environment, and cultural diversity of Southern California during the first hundred years of statehood. HSM has been entrusted with the care and management of the local architectural gems on its grounds, and the Museum operates a variety of tours and programs that allow the public to enjoy these structures while it promotes the Museum mission.

The nonprofit Cultural Heritage Foundation of Southern California, Inc., operates HSM. Board Directors represent HSM and are active advocates for its mission and activities.

HSM seeks a wide spectrum of committed and talented people from diverse disciplines for this working board. Nominees with nonprofit experience and historical, legal, financial, or architectural backgrounds will help round out the skill set that current Directors bring to the Board. Additional criteria are leadership, innovation, and knowledge in the field. Self-nominations are welcome.

Board Directors are asked to serve a two-year term (April 2015 – March 2017). As a Board Director, you must participate as an active officer of the board and/or as a member of committees or task forces. You are required to participate in scheduled board meetings, typically one meeting every two months. If a nominee is not already a Museum member, the nominee must become a member upon election to the Board. Nominees must be willing to bear the cost of Board participation, which includes HSM membership at the Society level. Additionally, the give-or-get policy requires Board Directors to either personally contribute or be responsible for a certain number of new contributions annually. HSM typically does not reimburse personal expenses incurred as a Board Director. Most communications are electronic; familiarity with email and Google Docs is required.

The Nominating Committee will recommend a slate of nominees for consideration at the Board meeting on February 18, 2015. Elections will be held at the Board meeting on March 18, 2015, and new Directors will begin their term on April 15, 2015.

Please complete the attached nomination form completely in order to be considered. Standard mail, fax, or email forms are all acceptable. Applications are available on the HSM website www.heritagesquare.org or by emailing the HSM Nominating Committee Chair. Nomination applications must be received by February 17, 2015.

Thank you!

Alexandria Fabbro, Nominating Committee Chair
3800 Homer Street
Los Angeles, CA 90031-1530
hsmpersonnel@gmail.com
626-429-2062 (cell)
323-225-2725 (fax)

 

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Thursday, December 11, 2014

Holiday Food Drive at Heritage Square

Heritage Square Museum is happy to host our second Food Drive this holiday season from December 8 through December 21. We encourage all who frequent the museum to participate by donating any non-perishable cans and goods. Please keep in mind that the goods must be able to keep till Christmas and even after, so check those dates! This year we will be collecting the items in memory of Sid Simmons since this was one of his favorite charities. We encourage all visitors to please bring two cans or non-perishable items to Heritage Square Museum. We will not be accepting homemade items or any items that do not meet California food inspection policies.

However, for those who are so inclined to make a monetary donation we encourage you to visit, www.LAFOODBANK.org. The Museum WILL NOT be collecting proceeds, but we do encourage you to visit the LA FOOD BANK’s website for all monetary donations.

Your gestures of goodwill are recognized and all donors will receive a 10% discount on in store purchases at the Heritage Square Museum.

Thank you in advance for your contributions.

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Monday, October 20, 2014

11th Annual Halloween Mourning Tours

Saturday and Sunday, October 25 & 26 join us for our Halloween Mourning Tours event. Experience a 1930s funeral, see the Victorian origins of still practiced mourning etiquette, and learn about some customs no longer practiced. Poisons and poisonous medicines will be also be discussed. Be sure to also take a picture in our photo booth and be entered into a contest to win tickets for a Dearly Departed Tour.

Saturday will also feature a vendor market and raffle of two tickets to Wicked Lit.

On Sunday the event becomes more family friendly with the addition of the San Gabriel Valley Storytellers, a pumpkin patch, games, crafts, and trick-or-treating.

The museum will be open from Noon to 4 p.m. with funeral processions taking place at 1 and 3 p.m. Admission is $20 for adults, $15 for seniors, $8 for children, and free for museum members and children under 6 years.

Please note that the museum will not be open for regular tours. All admission is for the special event. 

2014 Mourning Tours flier

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