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Celebration for "Pomona Envisions the Future" mural in Pomona, California
by Rivera
Wednesday Oct 1st, 2008 3:58 PM
On Saturday, October 4, 2008 starting at 3:00 p.m. the City of Pomona will be honoring the artists who created the "Pomona envisions the future" mural. The ceremony will take place in front of the mural at Second and Thomas Streets in the Thomas Plaza in Downtown Pomona. Pomona Mayor and Council members are expected to present a bronze plaque honoring the artists who created the mural. The event is free to the public.
Pomona Mayor Norma Torres, Councilmembers George Hunter, Freddie Rodriguez, Cristina Carrizosa, Paula Lantz, Elliott Rothman, Stephen Atchley, artist Dexter Frankel are expected to attend along with the artists which created the mural and their supporters.

This celebration and reunion is scheduled to acknowledge the artists that designed and executed the mural as a gift to the City of Pomona. It is the result of a community-based project, "Envisioning the Future," that took place in the Pomona Arts Colony 2002 – 2004; facilitated by renowned artist Judy Chicago, photographer Donald Woodman and Cal Poly Pomona. The mural has become a favorite icon for the City and the celebration is long overdue.

The plaque is one of attribution to the following artists:

Envisioning the Future Artists: Kevin Stewart-Magee, Lead Artist, Lief Frederick, Sandra Gallegos, Cori Griffin-Ruiz, Rupert Hernandez, Lynne Kumra, Yolanda Londono, Amy Runyen, Chris Toovey, Mary Kay Wilson

Community Artists: Erin Campbell, Athena Hahn, Joy McAllister, Fred Stewart-Magee

For more information contact Cheryl Bookout, Project Coordinator at (714) 287-9143, jcheryl [at]

To learn more about the mural, click here

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by Jose
Wednesday Oct 1st, 2008 9:00 PM
Free food, drinks, goodie bags at events besides the chance to take photos with the Mayor, Councilmembers and some local artists. Artists who painted this mural will be there along with Meme, Maju, Judy Chicago, Dextra, Bookout and more. Be there!
by Maria
Sunday Oct 5th, 2008 11:41 AM
It wasn't raining hard, just light showers for a few minutes in the beginning. About 75 people showed up for the event. They unveiled the new plaque. Cheryl gave a little speech then the Mayor Norma Torres and Councilmembers handed out certificates of appreciation to all the artists. Everyone talked about creating the mural, all the "challenges," and the good times. A couple of the artists had died so it was a little sad when they called their name to come and accept their award and they weren't there.

Then we went and partied at "Bunny Gunner." Thanks Juan and Susie for the mimosas and food, yummy! After we made a few toasts, shared some good stories and got a light buzz on, we headed over to the wine bar gallery DBA. Judy Chicago and her husband showed up along with the rest of the "Envisioning the future" artists from the other projects. We all went around the room, talked about our participation and what we're doing today. Dextra Frankel was even there.

After some great Pomona-made draft beer and wine, everyone was feeling great. We shared more stories then even more people showed up. Things are little hazy this morning but we all had a great time. Thanks, everyone.
by Photo Maker
Sunday Oct 5th, 2008 12:47 PM
Photos from the event. Some of the mural painters
by Photo Taker
Sunday Oct 5th, 2008 12:48 PM
by Photo Taker
Sunday Oct 5th, 2008 12:51 PM
Left to right: Mayor Norma Torres, Councilmember, Kevin Stewart-Magee, Chris Toovey, Joy McAllister, Athena, Leif Frederick, Councilmember, Councilmember.
by Photo Taker
Sunday Oct 5th, 2008 12:54 PM
Judy Chicago, Dextra Frankel, other "Envisioning the future" team members, Juan and Susie (Bunny Gunner), Kevin Stewart-Magee, Chris Toovey, Joy McAllister, Cheryl Bookout... I don't know everyone so help me out with their names, thanks.

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