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“Cuento Cups” Exhibit in Ventura Seeks Submissions; Opens Oct. 3

September 30, 2014

I don’t do fast food very often. In fact, my idea of fast food is getting bolognese sauce from Ferraros and adding it to pasta I cook at home. Sometimes I splurge and get their blue cheese dressing to add to my salad at home with tomatoes I grew. So no surprise I missed out on Chipotle Mexican Grill’s take-out cups and bags getting personal narrative essays penned by ten authors, thought-leaders, and comedians.

Somehow, not one Mexican, Mexican-American or Latina/o writer was invited to participate. 

Huh? What’s up with that?

Anna Bermudez, curator of collections at the Museum of Ventura County and Michele Serros, author and El Rio native, decided to rectify the situation:

“So, artists, writers, and thought thinkers of ALL backgrounds: can you spin a story as original as a staff writer for The New Yorker? Be as funny as Sarah Silverman? As esthetically pleasing as…well, you get the idea,” Bermudez said. “We invite you to utilize a simple paper cup or paper bag as a canvas to express your own compelling cuento/story. Perhaps you’d even like to construct your own take-out dispensable? The possibilities are endless.”

Submissions for the “Cuento Cups: Because Our Stories Matter” exhibit to be presented through the month of October in the Tool Room Gallery at the Bell Arts Center, 432 N. Ventura Ave., Ventura are due Thursday Oct. 2. Call 805-653-0323, ext. 302 for more information. Send or bring in your submissions to: Anna Ríos Bermudez, Curator of Collections Museum of Ventura County, 100 E. Main St., Ventura, CA 93001.
Hey, students of mine? If you get in the show, we’re talking MAJOR extra credit. Heck, you don’t even need to finish writing that essay! And of course I encourage everyone to go see the show which will be up for the month of October. Check it out on First Friday!
2 Comments leave one →
  1. September 30, 2014 11:42 pm

    Reblogged this on whisper down the write alley and commented:

    extra credit opportunities!

  2. October 3, 2014 11:57 am

    Looking forward to the show!

    Check out our upstart Facebook response to Chipotle: Cultivating Invisibility: Chipotle’s Missing Mexcians

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