Welcome to Ojai Arts Commission WebsiteEncouraging and supporting the arts in the City of Ojai and the Ojai Valley.
It is our belief that an active arts community is an integral part of what makes Ojai such a special place. There are over 20 active arts organizations in the Valley. Literary, visual and performing art groups fill the year with opportunities to not only observe but also to take part in the arts.
In the 1990s, Mayor Nina Shelley and potter Vivika Heino formed an art committee to assist the City in forming public art policies. The committee’s work was quickly seen as an asset to Ojai, and under Shelley’s leadership the City Council voted to establish an official Arts Commission that would be eligible to receive funding. This action acknowledged the importance of the arts to the local economy and was a first step in preserving the history of the arts in the Ojai Valley.
The present day Arts Commission is guided by the same goals. Through its public art program, grant opportunities, and artistic achievement awards, the Commission recognizes and encourages artistic excellence and promotes professional development throughout the Ojai Valley.
The seven-member volunteer Arts Commission, four of whom must reside within the city limits, are appointed by the City Council to serve a three-year term.
Our Latest News
The newly hung show at Ojai City Hall Gallery features the pastel landscape work of renowned Ojai Studio Artist, Tom Hardcastle. The exhibition will run through January 4, 2019, and is available to the public to view at any time during regular City Hall hours. The...
Carlos Grasso will have an exhibit at the Ojai City Hall Gallery from Monday, July 15 through Saturday, August 18, 2018. A reception for the artist will be held during Ojai’s Third Friday on August 17, 2018 from 5:30 – 7:00 pm. The public is invited to attend. Carlos...
The City of Ojai Arts Commission is proud to announce the 2018 Lifetime Achievement Award in the Arts will be awarded to Jaye Hersh on July 10 by the Ojai City Council. Hersh is widely known in the community for her work with the Ojai Shakespeare Festival, Nordhoff...