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.


Our Latest News

2019 Lifetime Achievement Award Goes to Gai Jones

2019 Lifetime Achievement Award Goes to Gai Jones

At its regular meeting on November 21, 2019 the Arts Commission recommended that the City Council ratify its selection of Gai Jones for the 2019 Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award. The City Council ratified this selection after a slight delay due to coronavirus,...

City of Ojai Arts Grants 2021

City of Ojai Arts Grants 2021

The City of Ojai Arts Commission is pleased to announce that the 2021 Grant Program begins accepting applications on Monday, July 27, 2020. The deadline for applications is Friday, September 25, 2020 and all applications and supporting materials must be received at...

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