37 Sudden Street, Watsonville, CA
Gallery Hours: 11.00AM – 4:00PM
Wednesday – Sunday


March 11, 2019

Vote! Your Vote is Your Voice
¡Vote! Su Voto es Su Voz

Vote! Your Vote is Your Voice
¡Vote! Su Voto es Su Voz

Exhibit dates: April 3 – May 26, 2019
Opening Reception: April 7
2:00 – 4:00PM

Curator: Maria Gitin
In Memory of Bob Fitch

Bob Fitch Photography Archive, © Stanford University Libraries

This visual art and history exhibit seeks to inspire, inform and develop greater interest in the nonpartisan democratic process. Monterey Bay residents who were active in the Civil Rights Movement of the1960s and Chicano voting rights movement will share their stories and perspectives through art, educational panels and documentary film.

The exhibit features selections from Stanford University Libraries – Bob Fitch Archives and from Maria Gitin’s archives from their experience as young voting rights workers in the Deep South. Artifacts from Watsonville voting rights history and contemporary art that expresses the meaning of voting rights from a variety of perspectives will be displayed. Take a virtual tour of the exhibit. Voting Rights Timeline

Thursday April 4, 2019 7:00-9:00 PM
Voting Rights Films, Watsonville Film Festival
Films: SPLC Selma: The Bridge to the Ballot
PBS Willie Velasquez: Your Vote is Your Voice
275 Main Street,
Watsonville Civic Center, 4th Floor

Thursday April 11, 2019 7:00-9:00 PM
Film: Councilwoman, Watsonville Film Festival
275 Main Street,
Watsonville Civic Center, 4th Floor

Sunday April 14th 2-3:30
Curator’s Talk Maria Gitin
Guided Tour in the Gallery

Thursday April 18, 6-8 PM
El Florecer De La Mujer

If you missed this panel, you can watch the video here.
275 Main Street
Watsonville Civic Center, 4th Floor

Latina leaders discuss their history of community organizing that led to Gomez v. City of Watsonville case.
Moderator: Shirley Castillo, MSW
Panelists: Cruz Gomez, Shirley Flores Munoz, Naomi Quinonez, Odelia Galvan Rodriguez, Rosie Murillo, and Raquel Mariscal.

Thursday  April 25, 6-8 PM 
This Bright Light of Ours: Stories from the Voting Rights Fight

275 Main Street
Watsonville Civic Center, 4th Floor

Maria Gitin will share historic images and stories
from grassroots workers in the nonviolent army
that risked their lives for voting rights.

Saturday May 18th 2-4 PM
Landmark Voting Rights Victory: Gomez V Watsonville

275 Main Street
Watsonville Civic Center, 4th Floor

Moderator: Samuel Torres Jr., former Santa Cruz County Counsel
Panelists: Paule Cruz Takash, Anthropologist
and Watsonville Chronicler Daniel Dodge, MALDEF paralegal on Gomez v Watsonville, and former Mayor
Karina Cervantez, former Mayor and UCSC
Doctoral Candidate

Exhibit Design by:
Judy Stabile, Carol Walberg and Joshua Moreno

Cultural & Exhibit Advisor:

Ana Ventura-Phares,
Samuel Torres Jr.

This project was made possible with support
from California Humanities, a non-profit partner
of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit