Seventy-five years ago, in the wake of World War II, the Ojai Valley faced several big decisions. These decisions profoundly shaped the community we know today.
In the extraordinary spring of 1947, both the Ojai Valley Inn and the Ojai Music Festival were born. The Ojai Valley Tennis Tournament sprang back to life after a five-year wartime hiatus. It's hard to imagine Ojai today without these three institutions. They each connect the valley with the wider world while allowing us to maintain a separate, small-town existence.
Now, in the spring of 2022, this community again faces a fateful decision about its future. This time, the question before us is whether we’ve become a little too interconnected with the wider world, and if so, what we should do about it? Can Ojai preserve its delicate balance as a small town supported by big-city tourism? Arguably, we got it right in 1947. Can we get it right today?
Thank you to:
Rose Chavez Boggs
City of Ojai
Ojai Music Festival
Ojai Valley News
Ojai Valley Tennis Club
This exhibition will be on view at the museum through July 10.