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Vote! Your Vote is Your Voice
¡Vote! Su Voto es Su Voz
Reception: April 7, 2:00-4:00


PVA and the Watsonville Film Festival Present: 
Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot
¡Vote! Su Voto es Su Voz
Thursday, April 4, 2019 7:00-9:00
Watsonville Civic Plaza, 275 Main Street, 4th Floor

Selma:The Bridge to the Ballot is a   40 minute film from the Southern Poverty Law Center, narrated by Academy Award winner Octavia Spencer.  The Bridge to the Ballot is a crucial reminder that each of us has the ability to bring about powerful social change and will help inspire young people and communities across the nation to exercise their right to participate in our democracy. The documentary features the young students in the fight for voting rights in Selma, Alabama. They and their teachers stood up against injustice despite facing intimidation, arrests and violence. By organizing and marching these lesser known change-makers influenced one of the most significant victories of the civil rights era. Those who participated in civil rights work in the South will be recognized. 

Willie Velasquez: Su Voto es Su Voz is a 40 minute PBS Film about the Southwest Voter Registration and Education Project (SVREP). Your Vote Is Your Voice tells the story of a grass-roots activist who mobilized Latinos into a movement that permanently altered the American political landscape. Filmed in Southwest Texas, this documentary features the organization that trained some Watsonville activists to organize and register voters at time of Gomez v Watsonville. Those who participated in voter registration will be recognized.

 The Watsonville Film Festival an PVA Present
Thursday, April 11, 2019 7:00-9:00
275 Watsonville Civic PlazaMain Street, 4th Floor

Before AOC, there was Carmen Castillo. Councilwoman is the inspiring story of Carmen Castillo, an immigrant Dominican housekeeper in a Providence hotel who wins a seat in City Council, taking her advocacy for low-income workers from the margins to city politics. 

Curator's Guided Tour   
Sunday, April 14, 2019 2:00-3:30
PVA Gallery: 37 Sudden St. Watsonville

Maria Gitin and Bob Fitch envisioned this exhibit prior to Fitch's 2016 death. Gitin will discuss how this exhibit developed in tandem with Pajaro Valley Arts as well her own history as "one of the white kids" who came South when Dr. King called on college students to assist with voter registration in 1965. This will be an informal event with opportunities to ask questions and make comments.
El Florecer De La Mujer 
Thursday, April 18, 2019 6:00-8:00
275 Watsonville Civic PlazaMain Street, 4th Floor

Juana Alicia
  Don't miss this historic gathering of many of the original Latina community organizers who laid the ground work for the Southwest Voter Registration campaign (SVREP) and eventually the Mexican American Legal Defense and Educational Fund (MALDEF) redistricting lawsuit Gomez v Watsonville.  Plaintiff Cruz Gomez is traveling from her home in Mexico to make a rare appearance.
Moderator: Shirley Castillo, MSW 
Panelists: Cruz Gomez, Raquel Mariscal, Shirley Flores Munoz, Naomi Quinonez, Odelia Galvan Rodriguez, and Rosie Murillo

This Bright Light of Ours: 
Stories from the Voting Rights Fight 
Thursday, April 25, 2019 6:00-8:00
275 Watsonville Civic PlazaMain Street, 4th Floor

Civil rights veteran Maria Gitin shares historic images and stories from grassroots workers in the nonviolent army that risked their lives for voting rights. NAACP Members and regional Civil Rights Veterans will be recognized. Discussion, Q & A, Book signing. 
Landmark Voting Rights Victory
 Gomez v Watsonville 
Saturday, May 18, 2019 2:00-4:00
275 Watsonville Civic PlazaMain Street, 4th Floor

Participant-witnesses and historians detail how the Gomez v Watsonville case came about, how it was fought and won. Panelists will discuss their personal experiences and historic perspectives including contemporary impacts.  Mode rator: Samuel Torres Jr, former Santa Cruz County Counsel
Panelists: Paule Cruz Takash, Anthropologist and Watsonville Chronicler; Daniel Dodge, MALDEF paralegal on Gomez v Watsonville and former Mayor Karina Cervantez, former Mayor and UCSC Doctoral Candidate

2019  Exhibits 

Vote! Your Vote is Your Voice / ¡Vote! S u Voto es Su Voz
April 3 - May 26, 2019

Annual PVUSD Student Show
 A pril 15, 2019 - March 30, 2020

Sculpture IS: In the Garden 2019
Sierra Azul Nursery & Gardens
June 1 - October 31, 2019

Movable Murals  
250 Main Street, Downtown Watsonville 

Members Exhibit
June 19 - July 28, 2019

Plein Air
August 14 - September 29, 2019
Mi Casa es Tu Casa
October 23 - December 15, 2019

Current and Past Exhibits 
W ould you like to revisit one of our fabulous exhibits, or did you miss one altogether? Please take a few minutes to explore the 360 degree tours of our gallery by clicking on the links below: 




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