• Bert Collins. Ojai Meadows Preserve.
  • Hope Frazier. Sugar Skulls.

  • Christine Brennan.Untitled #4
Welcome. Ojai is fortunate to have an active arts community. It is the City's belief that an active arts community is an integral part of what makes Ojai such a special place.

There are over 20 active art 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.

The City Council took an active role in supporting the arts, and our art community, when in the 1990s it created our seven-member Arts Commission. Volunteer members are appointed by the council to serve two-year terms and four are required to live within the city limits.

On May 22, 2003 the Ojai City Council enacted ordinance No. 765, to create funding for public art.

The Public Arts Program requires that construction projects greater than $300,000 devote funding towards acquisition and installation of public art. This ensures and preserves the continued richness of the arts community and Ojai's tradition as an art oasis. Click here for the complete Public Arts Code.

Arts Commission meetings are open to the public and are held the third Thursday of the month at City Hall, 401 S. Ventura St., at 6:30 pm.

We invite you to become an active participant whether you live here or come to visit our beautiful valley. We remain committed to seeing that the arts flourish in Ojai.

To find out more about how the Arts Commission functions go to the Arts Commissioner's page.