Launch and Founding Meeting of Vallejo Multicultural Coalition

Vallejo Multicultural Coalition

All members of the Vallejo community are invited to the launch tonight of the Vallejo Multicultural Coalition.

Our Vision and Mission: Vallejo Multicultural Coalition aims to educate ourselves and others about cultural perspectives and histories. We acknowledge and promote respect for First Nations People. Our mission is to develop effective public resources for our entire community, while fostering diversity and diverse leadership as a valued community asset.

Please join us in developing a vision and a staged plan that will coordinate work within our schools, libraries, museums, arts organizations,  senior center  and environmental organizations over the next 5 years. Vallejo is already a wonderful community. Once its cultural infrastructure is improved and better communication networks are in place,  it is poised to become one of the stars of the Bay Area. And to keep shining!

This is a summary based on 8 meetings held by the Discussion Group Transforming Vallejo/Mare Island 2014-2024 . The meetings were led by Dr. Kay Flavell, director of New Pacific Studio, .

Vallejo’s public parks and libraries are functioning well. Its schools are receiving intensive attention and pursuing clear strategies aiming at excellent results for all students. The main problem we identify is that Vallejo lacks an inclusive daytime public cultural destination with café, comparable to the Oakland Museum but on a smaller scale. The JFK Library lacks a café. The Empress is evenings – only, with an entertainment focus. Both museums target special-interest groups with a naval focus and receive no city funding. Two new independent groups, The Hub and Artiszen, are bravely attempting to fill that gap. This lack of a credentialed daytime public cultural space as a venue for locals and a visitor destination is retarding the development of the city.

Who is Kay Flavell? I was born in New Zealand in 1943, and have been working there on community revitalization eight months annually for the past 12 years, spending summers in Vallejo since 2002 running an international artist residency program out of a historic farmhouse on Nevada Street. Before retiring early from UC Davis in 2001, I spent 37 years teaching in universities in New Zealand, the UK (1964-1983), Germany, Australia and the US (from 1983). I have an MA in Museum Studies and Cultural Policy, and a Ph.D in German literature and culture. I am dedicated to helping Vallejo realize its potential as a city with huge historic and environmental resources, and in helping all our young people from every background have all the support they need to excel.

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Date(s) - Fri, Sep 12, 2014
7:00 pm - 10:00 pm

McCree-Goudeau Gallery
930 Marin St., Vallejo

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