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
Gayel Childress, one of the primary artistic forces behind Ojai Studio Artists, will be the featured artist at The Ojai City Gallery and with a companion show at The Ojai Valley Museum March 18 through May 31.
Announcing the 2019 Artist Mentor Program!
This popular, growing, and enriching program returns! 5 artists are selected to mentor 5 students over the summer in a program that, time and time again, proves enormously rewarding, and even life-changing for both artist and student. Upon completion of the program, The students work will be on display in City Hall for at least a month. Artists’ work will also be displayed for the same amount of time in the Wilson Gallery at the Ojai Valley Museum.
Details may be found on our website, here. Or click the Ojai Grants and Awards Programs tab above, and select “Mentor Program” from the drop-down list.
The City of Ojai Arts Commission is pleased to announce that the winner of the Hope Frazier Prize this time around is Nigel Chisholm. The Hope Frazier award is an occasional award not given out each year, but at the discretion of the Arts Commission, in order to...