Welcome to Ojai Arts Commission Website

Encouraging 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.

Our History
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.

 

  • Gayel Chlidress

Our Latest News

OSA 2019 Scholarship Awards Reception

Brett Childs receiving his 2018 OSA scholarship in front of a piece of his own work. Recently, the Ojai Studio Artists (OSA) Scholarship Committee met to select 7 students who, this year, will receive a total of $10,000 in scholarships. A reception to disburse the...

Student Applications for 2019 Mentorship Program

Now in it’s 6th year, this popular, growing, and highly rewarding program returns! There are 5 mentorships available, with local, professional artists of all genres each mentoring one high-school student in an unforgettable, sometimes life-changing experience for both...

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