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California Voices: Borderlands Fest for Members and Public

Fri., Jun. 3, 2022 | 6:30 p.m.–9:30 p.m.
Event Notes: 
Free for Upper Level Members; $35-$15 for the public
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The place we call California, inhabited for millennia by Indigenous peoples, has also been influenced by the arrivals of peoples from Mexico, South America, Europe, Asia, and Africa. Inspired by The Huntington’s “Borderlands” exhibition, this family-friendly event shows how the art and culture of this multicultural history created today’s beautifully diverse community.

  • Learn from exhibition curators, noted authors, a tribal elder, a national park representative, and a cartographer about the art, music, and culture of Indigenous peoples, the healing power of national parks, and the fight to save the Joshua tree
  • Engage in hands-on nature activities and exhibition touch stations
  • Watch dancers express the traditions, customs, and history of local Indigenous peoples
  • Meet some of Californias most intriguing animal ambassadors
  • Explore “Borderlands,” a new permanent collections installation that presents a more expansive view of American art history


Members: Free I Each membership covers two adults at no charge (one must be a member) and their children (0–18 yrs.).
Members may purchase up to 4 adult guest tickets at $35 each.
Guests’ children (4–18 yrs.) are $15 each. Children 0–3 are free.

SATURDAY TICKET HOLDERS: Event canceled; join us Friday night instead! [Saturday ticket holders will be rescheduled to Friday via email.]

Event Schedule

Tres Souls
6:30 7 p.m. (under the oak)
7:30–8 p.m. (under the oak)
8:45–9:30 p.m. (under the Pavilion)
This trio romantico will discuss the development of bolero music, as well as perform vintage boleros and original ballads influenced by the Mexican diaspora of Los Angeles. At 8:45 p.m., they will present energetic and danceable Latin styles.
Brown Garden Lawn

“Borderlands” Spotlight Talks
6:30 7:30 p.m.
Dennis Carr, Virginia Steele Scott Chief Curator of American Art, will offer informal talks that highlight specific works within the Scott Galleries.
Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art

Conservation Ambassadors
6:30 8 p.m. (dusk)
Meet some of California’s most intriguing birds, reptiles, and mammals—live and in person. 
Shakespeare Garden and Camellia Garden West

Indoor Family Touch Stations for “Borderlands”
6:30 8:15 p.m.
At these pop-up interactive stations inside the “Borderlands” exhibition, you can explore the intrinsic qualities of a bird, plant, and pigment. Learn more about Porfirio Gutiérrez, as well as Mercedes Dorame and Sandy Rodriguez, whose works are featured in the exhibition.
Virginia Steele Scott Galleries of American Art

Childrens Activities
6:30 8:15 p.m.
Children can participate in nature-based activities related to the “Borderlands” exhibition. Create your own collaborative tapestry, make paints from plants, and take photos of your own foraged botanical collages. 
Shakespeare Garden

“Cochineal and the Color Red”
6:45 7:15 p.m. | 8:15–8:45 p.m.
Author and travel writer Charles Hood and cartographer David Deis describe the history and propagation of cochineal, the source of an intensely red dye that has been valued for centuries worldwide. Hood will sign his book A Salad Only the Devil Would Eat: The Joys of Ugly Nature at a nearby table following each talk. The book may be purchased at the Huntington Store until 9:30 p.m.
The Amphitheater (Scott Galleries Loggia)

Turtle Island Singers & Dancers
7–7:30 p.m.
Tina Calderon, Tongva culture bearer, will lead the Turtle Island Native American Singers and Dance group, representing various Indigenous dance styles in their traditional regalia. Tina Calderon will read a land acknowledgment, and Dennis Carr, Virginia Steele Scott Chief Curator of American Art, will read The Huntington's land acknowledgment before the presentation.
The Pavilion (Brown Garden Lawn)

“Why America Needs Parks Now More Than Ever—Healing Racial, Class, and Ethnic Divides in National Parks”
7:30 8 p.m.
Joshua Tree National Park Superintendent David Smith discusses the great potential of national parks to bring people together and promote healing.
The Amphitheater (Scott Galleries Loggia)

Tierra Blanca Arts Center: Three Cultures  One Spirit
8-8:30 p.m.
Children and youth dancers will share some of the traditions, customs, and history of local Indigenous peoples, as well as the influences of African and European cultures, which were incorporated as people moved northward from Mexico and South America.
The Pavilion (Brown Garden Lawn)

“The Beginning of the End—the Fight to Save the Joshua Tree in the Face of Climate Change”
9–9:30 p.m.
Joshua Tree National Park Superintendent David Smith talks about the efforts underway to protect these unusual trees, which are found only in the southwestern United States.
The Amphitheater (Scott Galleries Loggia)

Food and Beverage for Purchase

Savory foods

  • Gostosas truck: Brazilian pastéis | Boone Gallery Circle
  • The Steamin’ Burger Truck: the only stuffed steamed burger truck in the world | Boone Gallery Circle
  • Oaxaca On Wheels truck: tacos, quesadillas, nachos, fries, and orchata | Botanical Circle
  • Fun Time Kettle Corn: freshly popped popcorn Botanical Circle


  • Scooter’s ice cream van: ice cream, churros, and ices Barth Family Grove, main entrance
  • Coffee Cart Boys: hot and cold beverages Barth Family Grove, main entrance
  • Cali Al’s Cheesecakes: assorted cheesecake cupcakes and brownie cupcakes Barth Family Grove, main entrance

Beverages by Bon Appetit

  • Wine, champagne, beer, a signature cocktail, lemonade, and assorted soft drinks Brown Garden


The Huntington exists on the ancestral lands of the Gabrielino-Tongva and Kizh Nation peoples who continue to call this region home. The Huntington respectfully acknowledges these Indigenous peoples as the traditional caretakers of this landscape, as the direct descendants of the first people. The Huntington recognizes their continued presence and is grateful to have the opportunity to work and learn on this land.