Barranca Vista Center


Barranca Vista Center (BVC)
The Imagination Center for the Arts
7050 East Ralston Street (click here for a map)


Download the current My Ventura for a complete listing of classes in theater, dance, music, art, wellness and family events
for all ages. Obtain the class codes to register online.

Register online using the code for each class in My Ventura or call 805-658-4726 M-F 8-5 closed alternate Fridays


Fairy Tales in the Park - 2nd Saturdays at 4 pm through September 12

Watch for the first performance of 2015 coming in May!

Gypsies in a Trunk present their 20th season of Fairy Tales in the Park at Barranca Vista Park, 7050 Ralston Street in Ventura, on the second Saturdays of summer at 4 pm. Bring a blanket, picnic and low lawn chairs for these free permances for families.

Children's Celebration of the Arts (CCA) exhibit June 6-21

The public is invited to the 24th annual Children’s Celebration of the Arts (CCA) Exhibit opening this weekend at two adjacent museums in downtown Ventura:

●Albinger Archeological Museum, 113 E Main St, Saturday-Sunday,11am-4pm, June 6-7 &

●Museum of Ventura County, 100 E Main St, Tuesdays-Sundays, 11 am-5 pm, June 6-21.

Since 1991 thousands of elementary school children have explored the visual, dance, music and language arts of world cultures as inspiration to create or perform their own pieces in classroom workshops led by professional artists every April and May.

2015 was another stellar year for Children’s Celebration of the Arts with 13 artists leading 270 workshops reaching over 8,000 students in all 17 Ventura elementary schools, two private schools and the Ventura Charter School of Arts and Global Education. For more about the CCA program visit

During the CCA exhibit the public may view selections of student visual artworks representing these workshops ranging from Japanese paper-cutting, Sumi brush painting, stained glass and French impressionism to Chinese block printing, Mexican tin art, Native American masks, art under the microscope, Chilean Rain Sticks and sun prints.

An opening night CCA reception for the young artists and their families only happens at both museums on Friday, June 5 from 5:30 to 7:30 pm.

The CCA exhibit opens to the public the next day on the following schedule. At the Albinger Museum, the CCA exhibit runs a single weekend, Saturday & Sunday, June 6-7, 11 am-4 pm, when visitors may also take docent tours of the rarely open museum’s historical collections. The summer hours for the Albinger and its permanent collection run from June 13 to September 6: Saturdays and Sundays, 11 am-4 pm.

The CCA exhibit is open to the public at the Museum of Ventura County beginning Saturday and Sunday, June 6 and 7, and continues through June 21 with regular museum hours: Tuesdays-Sundays, 11 am -5 pm.

The CCA exhibit sponsors are the DVO (Downtown Ventura Partners), Busy Bee Cafe, Pizza Man Dan’s, Ventiki, NOM Tequila Grill, Shanghai Beer Garden, Watermark on Main, Ventura Unified School District and City of Ventura Department of Parks Recreation & Community Partnerships Office of Cultural Affairs.

For more contact Kathryn Lawson: 805.654.7553 or


This distinctive City of Ventura program offers a wide variety of unique opportunities for the elementary classroom teacher to enhance the curriculum. Each workshop is one hour to one hour 15 minutes and costs an affordable $45 per workshop.

18 workshops include music, dance, and visual arts workshops celebrating world cultures and include Mexican Tin Art, Stained Glass, Hidden Art Through the Microscope, Totem Masks, Native American Medicine Shields,  French Impressionism, Sumi Painting, Persian Folk Dance, Hammered Dulcimer and Banjo Music, Photography Sun Prints, Visual Storytelling (Chilean and Egyptian) and five new Paper-Cut workshops (Daruma wish figures, Spring Windows, Japanese Carp & Pictographs and Endangered Animals Block Printing). We hope you will join us in this 24-year Celebration of the Arts in the Ventura Elementary Schools.

Give the Gift of Art!
To purchase a Children's Celebration of the Arts 2015 gift certificate for a Ventura Elementary classroom contact Kathryn Dippong-Lawson at 805/654-7552 or or use the online donor form below.

Register by February 20, 2015 for this year's workshops April 13 to May 29.

Registration, first-come, first-served, is by mail, email, fax and walkin (registrations by telephone are not accepted).

Please call Kathryn Dippong-Lawson at 805/654-7552 or email for more information. Watch for the workshop brochure to arrive at your school each January.

Kids Swap Meet returns May 16

Kids Swap Meet By Kids - For Kids
Saturday, May 16, 2015 • 9 am - 1 pm
Barranca Vista Park, 7050 E. Ralston Street, Ventura

Kids – clean out your garage and closets of old toys, bikes, games, stuffed animals, books, clothes and more to swap, sell or fundraise!
• Download & fill out the application in ENGLISH or SPANISH for your 10' x 10' space. Deadline: Friday, May 8 or until spaces are filled.
• Include $15 NON-REFUNDABLE fee, make check payable to “City of Ventura” or pay by credit card
• Gently used CHILDREN’S items only – nothing stained, broken or dirty
• No items may be brand new or part of a business – your booth will be shut down – no exceptionsEach seller gets an 10' x 10' space.
• Sellers must provide their own canopies, tables, chairs, materials needed for display, NONE will be provided. Sellers are responsible for working and watching their space.
• Contact 654-7552 for more information

Dance Out...the Memories performances celebrate Pam Cohen's retirement on May 1 & 2

May marks the 40th anniversary for Pam Cohen teaching the art of dance to our community’s children–and her retirement. To celebrate this milestone, many former students are taking part in “Dance out … the Memories.” The public is invited to this final production of “Slippers & Masks,” with favorite dance routines Pam has created over the past decade, on Friday, May 1, at 7:30 pm and Saturday, May 2, at 1:30 pm, at Mound Elementary School, 455 South Hill Road in Ventura. Admission is free.

“Over 40,000 children have taken Pam Cohen’s classes during the past 40 years,” said Georgeanne Lees, Office of Cultural Affairs Supervisor for the City of Ventura. “In recent years she has been teaching the children—and grandchildren—of the students she taught 40 years ago. In 2012 she was honored at the Mayor’s Arts Award recipient   as “Arts Educator” of the Year.

Twice per year, Pam has directed a dance performance program called Slippers & Masks to allow students ages 7-17 the opportunity to learn a variety of dance forms she choreographs into routines for a stage presentation. The cast of Slippers & Masks that normally consists of four dozen or more current students will be supplemented this year with alumni who danced for Pam since the beginning of the dance program.

Former students who will perform in homage to their teacher include: Cindy Bassett , current Slippers & Masks assistant director/choreographer and one of the original 13 performers in 1980; Heather Williams, Kristin Williams, Grace Isnec and Sarah Woods, all returning to help with choreography; and Jake Woods and Joey Woods, who are valuable assets backstage as well as performing with the cast.

“Danceout” will include favorite dance routines created over the past decades, including: Lil‘ Mermaid, Pinocchio, Thumbelina, Beauty and the Beast, Cinderella, Willy Wonka, Grease, Alice in Wonderland, Toyland, It‘s a Small World, Snow White, Dance-a-saurs, Phantasia, Aladdin, Cats, Rock around the Clock, Lion King, Wizard of Oz, Nutcracker, Carnival of the Animals, Peter Pan, Monster Mania, a Broadway Revue, Mary Poppins, Annie, West Side Toy Story, Sleeping Beauty, Happy feet, Bad Hair Day, Monster Masquerade, Dish It Out, Bugs’ Ball, Help! and many more.

For more contact: Georgeanne Lees at 644-6542 or


Pamela Cohen, dance instructor, began her training as a child with classical ballet and studied with and performed for Ballet Academie and Ballet Mime for 10 years. Training and professional performing continued with Ballet West, Sahakian and Co. and several Los Angeles area companies with emphasis on ballet, modern and East Indian dance.

After performing for several years, Pam returned to Ventura County to resume college studies and began teaching in 1975. Her teaching has expanded over the past 40 years to include children's and adult classes through cities of Ventura, Camarillo, Oxnard, Port Hueneme cultural arts and recreation programs as well as Oxnard College, Artist in the Classroom and many private schools.

While teaching she has also obtained a Bachelor of Arts degree in Liberal Studies with emphasis on dance from Antioch Univ. (1981), a Master’s degree in Physical Education from Azusa Pacific Univ.(1989) and two Lifetime Teaching credentials from Calif. Community Colleges.

Her numerous awards including Teacher of the Year (Oxnard College 1984-85), Outstanding Service award (City of Port Hueneme 1990), City of Oxnard Celebration of the Arts Award (1992), Award for Outstanding Teaching (City of Ventura 1995), a 20-year service award for Slippers 'n Masks Youth Dance Theatre (City of Ventura 2000), and, most recently Mayor’s Arts Award recipient in 2012 as Arts Educator of the Year.

Pam's mission statement from Slippers & Masks says it all. "Our goal is to bring children together to explore and cultivate an interest in dance and theater as an art form, a means of self-expression, a self-esteem builder and a way to add fun and fitness to childhood."