Museum of Ventura County Hosts Exhibit to Counter Chipotle's Cup-Essay Fiasco

Submit, por favor!
Submit, por favor!

I've spoken twice at the Museum of Ventura County, so I can easily say it's hipper than your usual ossified collection of crap. But I didn't know how hip until head curator Anna Bermudez let me know that they're hosting an exhibit that's a direct response to Chipotle's weak-salsa move earlier this summer to have essays on their soda cups by famous authors...none of which were Latinos.

Called "Cuento Cups: Because Our Stories Matter" and co-produced with chingona author Michelle Serros, it will not only feature the contributions of Latino authors and writers but YOU, if you are so inspired.

I usually don't like copying press releases whole, but everything said below is what Anna told me last time we talked, so there. Submit, por favor, and see you at the opening!

The Museum of Ventura County and author Michele Serros request your submissions for: Exhibit: Cuento Cups: Because Our Stories Matter Exhibit Dates: October 3, 2014 - November 2, 2014 Opening Reception: October 3, 2014, 6:00 PM Where: Museum of Ventura County's satellite location: The Tool Room Gallery @ Bell Arts Factory 432 North Ventura Avenue, Ventura, CA

Exhibit description: Cuento Cups: Because Our Stories Matter

The Cuento Cups exhibit is a response to Chipotle Mexican Grill's "Cultivating Thought" author series. In May of 2014, ten authors were chosen to pen original essays on Chipotle Mexican Grill's cups and take-out bags. Surprise! Not one writer selected was Mexican, Mexican-American or Latina/o. This exhibit is the brainchild of MVC curator, Anna Bermudez and Latina author, Michele Serros in response to the fact that a major franchise did not include Latino stories. The cups will be displayed at the Tool Room Gallery during the month of October and will periodically be featured on the Museum of Ventura County's website. So, artists and writers, we challenge you to take a simple paper cup or create your own take-out cup and paint it, decorate it or keep it simple and write your compelling story on that cup in response to Chipotle's "Cultivating Thought" series. Submissions must be received by September 26, 2014. Please send submissions to: Anna Bermudez, Curator Museum of Ventura County 100 East Main Street Ventura, CA 93001 For more information: abermudez@venturamuseum.org or call (805) 653-0323, ext. 302

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