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We Are Pajaro Valley! 

Have you had a chance to see our new public art project at the YMCA? We Are Pajaro Valley is a collaborative public art project produced by PVA in conjunction with our exhibit Immigration: Borders, Boundaries, Beginnings, and at the invitation of the San Jose Museum of Art. Project leaders, Judy Stabile, Karen Lemon, and Chris Miroyan started work in 2015 to bring this fabulous wall of photographs and essays to the community. This project took hundreds of volunteer hours to create, and four hours for 20 volunteers to install.  

In Karen's words: "Our public photo exhibit is a reflection of the stories, personalities, and responses to our question: "How did you and your family come to live in the Pajaro Valley?"
Students from Edward A. Hall Middle School and Watsonville High School (Echo Academy) wrote personal and family histories of their migration to the Pajaro Valley. These rich histories were then randomly selected to be the background to photographs of Pajaro Valley youth, taken by students and teachers from Watsonville High School, Renaissance High School, and Edward A. Hall Middle School. These vibrant and energetic images of our future population symbolize the vast melting pot of immigrants that have infused our local community with its culture and vitality. We hope that this blended artistry of text and photography conveys to the viewer the fact that we are all immigrants here and that "Together, we are Pajaro Valley!"  
Our thanks go to:
  • The students of Watsonville High School, Renaissance High School, and Edward A. Hall Middle School
  • Karen Lemon, Project Leader: Renaissance High, ROP and Watsonville High ECHO Academy
  • Daniel Levy, Digital Wizard: Edward A. Hall Middle School
  • Dawn Krenz, Madison Gipe and Justin Silva: Watsonville High School, ECHO Academy
  • Robert Wollenzein: Watsonville YMCA
  • John Vinsky: Vinsky's Quality Paint  
  • The PVA Board and Gallery Committee
  • Community members who helped with the installation.
Membership Drive 
We want to thank you all for responding so positively to our May 2016 membership drive. Our goal was to bring in 100 memberships last month, and we exceeded that goal and 110 of you joined! We couldn't do this wonderful work without you. For those who haven't joined, it's never too late. Go to Pajaro Valley Arts to sign up today!

Sculpture IS: In the Garden
Exhibit: June 1-October 31, 2016

Call for Volunteers!
Do you love Pajaro Valley Arts As much as we do?  If you have a few extra hours, and would like to spend them with us, we could use your help with our mailings, special projects,  receptions, and archiving work. To find out more, click on the volunteer form, and send it in. We are a really fun group of dedicated workers, who bring the community fine art programming.
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Community Volunteers for We Are Pajaro Valley

Call for Entry: Deadline 8/1/2016

2016 Calendar of Exhibits 
 Sculpture Is: 2016 In the Gallery
May 4-June 19, 2016
Annual PVUSD Student Show 
at the Watsonville Civic Center
New Artwork on Display Now Through April 2017

Sculpture Is: 2016 In the Garden at Sierra Azul
June 1-October 31, 2016

Members' Show: Home
July 6-August 7, 2016

Surf, Sand, Silversmiths
August 24 - October 9, 2016

Mi Casa es Tu Casa
October 26 - December 11, 2016

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