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Tortilla Flats

You are invited to the New Tortilla Flats Street Party Reception!
The reception will be held on Saturday, May 31st, 2008 from 11am - 2pm.
The location is at the mural site itself, located on Thompson Ave and Figueroa St in Ventura, CA.

HOPE TO SEE YOU THERE!

The Tortilla Flats Mural Project explores and documents the stories and lives of the people who lived in the early to mid-20th century westside Ventura neighborhoods at whose heart was "Tortilla Flats."

It is a story of a population who were born in the first decades of the 1900's, but whose early lives were grounded in the previous century. They lived through the Depression and wars and a society that was changing far too fast to even comprehend. They were the first generation to give the township of Ventura, California a sense of community, by participating to an unprecedented degree in Ventura's social, economic, political and cultural life. In other words, they built this town.

The stories depicted in the mural, which was located on Figueroa Street, are universal and reflect common experiences of many working class people. We have used their past as a foundation to examine our own sense of identity and place. Their particular history is rarely told. Before their experiences pass away completely from memory we wanted to capture their simple but resonant stories.

The mural, in it's first incarnation (1995-2001) was the largest public art piece in Ventura County - 6 feet tall by 507 feet long. For six long years a local and worldwide community enjoyed this rich, artistic endeavor. Also for six years the forces of nature took it's toll. Time and weather deteriorated the mural beyond the point of being restorable. The original mural, painted on wooden panels, was dismantled and distributed to the many families and supporters

involved with the project. Some of the individual panels continue to have a public life around Ventura.

In 2008 in partnership and under the sponsorship of the City of Ventura the Tortilla Flats Mural is in the process of being recreated. A new and original artpiece, based on the research of the first mural, will be created by the project originators, artist MB Hanrahan and Moses Mora.

The new mural was installed in April 2008, and a street party reception will be held on Saturday, May 31st, 2008 from 11am - 2pm. The location of the reception is at the mural site itself, located on Thompson Ave and Figueroa St in Ventura, CA.