SATURDAY, NOVEMBER 6, 2021
220 PEYRI DRIVE, OCEANSIDE, CA 92058
Studio ACE is proud to present the first annual Valley Arts Festival (VAF) in partnership with Oceanside Public Library, Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation, Muramid Art & Cultural Center and California HQ for the UNESCO Center for Peace, and Friends of the Oceanside Public Library, and in cooperation with Mel Vernon, Captain, San Luis Rey Band of Mission Indians.
Valley Arts Festival originally debuted in 2019 as “Mission District Arts Festival”, which was envisioned to be an annual celebration of the vibrant arts & culture in the Oceanside valley. Like so many others, the festival was put on hold in 2020, allowing time for reflection and reinvention. We are pleased to announce the festival is making its official reemergence in 2021 as “Valley Arts Festival”, which will remain an annual celebration of arts and culture, now featuring different themes each year.
To mark its official debut, Valley Arts Festival (VAF) is pleased to present a celebration of Oceanside and its first peoples: the Luiseño Indian tribe, originally known as the Payómkawichum people. The festival aims to help support and celebrate the indigenous population that lived on the land, now known as Oceanside, 10,000 years prior to colonization, and to honor their past, present, and future. The Luiseño people enjoyed a peaceful life in a land rich with a variety of plants and animals, and continue to work for cultural preservation, civil rights, and language revitalization. VAF will help educate the community on the beauty and strength of this amazing culture and assist in their goal for cultural preservation. A portion of proceeds from the festival will be donated to the San Luis Rey Mission Indian Foundation for enrichment programs.
This free festival will feature music, both flute and blues, basket weaving demonstrations, Indian Fry Bread for purchase, educational tables filled with historic cultural items, and a variety of participatory family-friendly activities. These activities will include an interactive community mural sponsored by Muramid, with concept design by Linda Kallas and final execution by renowned Muramid artists (to be confirmed), interactive basket weaving with Diania Caudell, a Luiseño member of the San Luis Rey Band of Mission Indians and Board Member of the California Indian Basket Weavers Association (CIBA), Native American story time and crafts with Oceanside Public Library, native animal sand and rock painting by Studio ACE (with an opportunity for rocks that have been painted and gifted back to the festival to reside in the Peace Garden at Muramid in the future), and more to come!
Sponsorship opportunities are still available, please email Julia Fister for more information.