Completed Interactive Mural at Northridge School 2013
The Museum of the San Fernando Valley is pleased to offer historic walking tours of North Hollywood "NoHo" and Van Nuys on alternating months currently on second Saturday of each month beginning at 10:00 am. Also, The Museum offers private and custom tours on other days. Please check our calendar of events for 2023 walking and other tours.
In the past, we offered tours of the NIKE missile site.
We hope to continue the Pacoima Mural walking tour too.
New tours are being planned.
Each tour lasts between 1.5 to 2 hours. For more information, please contact The Museum at (818) 347-9665 or TheMuseumSFV@gmail.com.
Tours normally cost $10 each. The Pacoima mural tour has been $15/person. Attendees can pay in advance via EventBrite or can also pay on site.
Public Art Initiative (PAI) began in 2012, founded by Roger Dolin of Mural Environments. The Museum SFV and its PAI program offer opportunities for artists, beginning to seasoned to promote their work, offer opportunities to teach and give back to the arts community in the valley.
Each month, our goal is to feature a valley-based artist that will review their history, experience, genre and actual art pieces. Art items and sometimes books will be for sale at the end of each event. The majority of the proceeds are retained by the artist.
The PAI's Artist Speaker Series will normally be held on the second Saturday of each month beginning at 12:00 pm -2:00 pm. (days and times may change)
The PAI is seeking more members, more artists on a regular basis. There are monthly PAI meetings, on third Monday of each month at 7:00 pm, virtual and soon in-person at The Museum SFV.
To become a PAI member, learn more about the PAI, register to showcase your artwork at an upcoming showcase event, please contact:
Richard Cryer, Co-Chair Tel: 818 .347 .9665 (Museum office) richard.cryer@TheMuseumSFV.org
Cheri Norum, Co-Chair Tel: 818 .347 .9665 cheri.norum@TheMuseumSFV.org
You can also reach Richard or Cheri at PAI@TheMuseumSFV.org
The Museum has conducted over 50 interviews from valley residents that come from all walks of life including actors, cowboys, WWII veterans, policemen, firemen, housewives, teachers, entertainment executives and much more.
To participate, you will have to contact The Museum, fill out a questionnaire and be approved for an interview. For more information on the Oral Histories program, please contact Michel Stevens.
For approximatlely a dozen years, The Museum SFV has offered a History of Speaker Series. Our goal is to continue to educate Museum members and visitors on key segments including aerospace, agriculture, art, aviation, development, education, entertainment, history, music, nature, pop culture, transportation and water.
Our goal is to offer a monthly speaker event.
The History of Speaker Series will normally be held on the fourth Saturday of each month beginning at 12:00 pm -2:00 pm (days and times may change).
The Museum SFV members receive discounts and passes to these events throughout the year.
If you are interested in becoming a speaker, please contact us at TheMuseumSFV@gmail.com
The mission of Horses Across the Valley is to raise awareness of the historical, cultural and artistic heritage of the San Fernando Valley. We have selected the horse for this project because of its historical importance to the Valley. Part of the long, rich history with the horse goes back to a time when the Spaniards, under their leader Gaspar de Portolá, rode into the San Fernando Valley for the first time. Horse ranches sprang up almost overnight and when the film industry discovered that the Valley could double for the Wild West, the cameras started rolling.
Through this Valley-wide celebration, we seek to engage the community in exploring Valley history, art and culture for the purpose of raising funds for A) The Museum of the San Fernando Valley's Public Art Initiative, B) San Fernando Valley Arts & Cultural Center and its member organizations and C) Organizations that support leading horse-related charities and animal advocacy in the Valley.
This public art program, under the directorship of The Museum of the San Fernando Valley, will connect the Valley by promoting local art & artists and creating a sense of pride in all the Valley has to offer. By displaying these full sized fiberglass horses enhanced with a specific artist’s design and placing them in prominent locations throughout the Valley, this project will connect the Valley on a grand scale.
The interactive aspects of Horses Across the Valley will stimulate both tourism and business in the area. We also plan to focus on children’s education as well as local culture and art appreciation.
Our first horse created by Cheryl is currently at The Museum SFV in Northridge. This horse will eventually be placed in Valley Glen - its original destination.
Watch this terrific PBS segment from Totl Productions and artist Cheryl Goettemoeller who painted the first horse sponsored by the Greater Valley Glen Council for the Horses Across the Valley program.
Our second horse, created by artist Ingrid Elburg is currently showcased on the SE corner of Reseda Blvd. and Rayen Street in Northridge. This horse was sponsored by Northridge South Neighborhood Council and was installed and is maintained by Northridge Beautification Foundation.
With the support of Valley businesses, philanthropists, civic leaders and the media, this exciting fundraising project is expected to bring the Valley together like no other event before.
If you are interested in sponsoring a horse, please contact Michael Stevens. If you are an artist and or want to learn more about the Horses Across The Valley program, please contact Jackie Langa or are an artist, please contact Carolyn Uhri today.
Watch artist Cheryl Goettemoeller painting the first horse for the Greater Valley Glen Neighborhood Council.