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Ontario Museum of History & Art

Vision Statement

Ontario Museum of History & Art is a welcoming place that reflects pride in who we are, where we live and our legacy.

Mission Statement

Ontario Museum of History & Art enhances knowledge and understanding of our community through dynamic and vibrant experiences.

Black and White

Black and White in Black and White: Images of Dignity, Hope, and Diversity in America

Thursday, January 31, 2019 to Sunday, March 10, 2019
Enter the optimistic era of “The New Negro Movement” through the photographs of African American photographer John Johnson. His ennobling portraits, taken from 1910-1925, reveal the dignity and hope of his friends and neighbors during this time of great promise for African Americans. Organized by Exhibit Envoy.
Backyard Picnic, c. 1910-1925. Photograph by John Johnson, from the Douglas Keister Collection.

Danny Lyon

Danny Lyon: Memories of Southern Civil Rights

Thursday, January 31, 2019 to Sunday, March 17, 2019
Based upon Danny Lyon’s memoir, this exhibit brings together the photographs he took from 1962 to 1964 while traveling through the United States documenting the Civil Rights Movement. Lyon began his photographic career as the first staff photographer for the Student Nonviolent Coordinating Committee (SNCC), a national group of college students who joined together in 1960 after the first sit-in by four African American college students at a North Carolina lunch counter. Organized by art2art Circulating Exhibitions.

© Danny Lyon, New York & Magnum Photos, New York / Courtesy Edwynn Houk Gallery, New York.

Photo Credit.  Hog Killing Time by Jerry Weems.

Jerry Weems: Visual Histories

Thursday, January 31, 2019 to Sunday, March 17, 2019
Jerry Weems is a visual storyteller, highlighting the stories of people and places that had a significant impact on African American life today.  Jerry Weems: Visual Histories, on display from Thursday, January 31, 2019 thru Sunday, March 17, 2019, is a reflection of Weems childhood memories.  Growing up in the Deep South during the 1960s was a time of change for African Americans.  The Civil Rights Movement was in full swing and the Jim Crow laws had a strangled hole on the progress of blacks.  For hundreds of years, African Americans have orally passed down stories so that future generations could know their history.

As an artist Weems feels that it is incumbent upon himself to tell the story of the African American experience.  He seeks to glorify their existence, presenting them as strong, proud and empowered while also illuminating their plight and showing their pain; their joy together.  By doing this, he is telling the story of the many unsung heroes who gave their lives because they refused to submit to the whims of the oppressor. Free Admission.  For more information, call (909) 395-2510.

Photo Credit.  Hog Killing Time by Jerry Weems.

Upcoming Events

 Learn basic painting and mixed media techniques with a class led by artist and educator Richard May. May will focus on images and... Read More
 Hit the dance floor and learn how to groove to the sounds of the 1960s with a class led by Clifford Breland from Bre Dance Studio... Read More
Discover Colony Branch Library's B.L.T. Develop new friendships, make decisions on teen program content and have fun! Location: Colo... Read More
Create your own unique handmade journal in a workshop led by textile and book artist, Allyson Allen. Combine scrapbook papers... Read More

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