Model Programs – Other

Model Programs by Other Organizations – Many organizations besides the Arts Council are developing innovative programs that can be adopted and applied in other jurisdictions or organizations. The list below is a collection of such programs. Check with the contacts to confirm that any given program is still operating. If you are aware of model program that should be listed here, CLICK HERE to send and email description to the VCAC office.

Ojai Student Mentor Program 2014

Contacts: City Arts Commissioner Michael Addison 640-1665
Deputy City Manager Steve McClary 646-5581 ext. 101 

This program pairs working artists with students for a summer internship.

It is funded in part by the City of Ojai and the Ojai Education Foundation. Students submit applications to the program that selects 3 to 5 students and mentors, depending on available funding each year. Each mentor commits to a minimum of 50 hours of one–on–one instruction for the internship period and helps their student prepare work for an exhibit or performance at City Hall in the fall.   After selecting the artists from various disciplines to participate in each year’s program, applications are distributed through the public and private schools to interested students. Each student applicant is asked to chose which artist they wish to work with and why. The winning students are chosen on the basis of their application and recommendations by their instructors.

Ventura City Utility Box Beautification 2014

Contacts: Denise Sindelar (805) 658-4793

This program identifies City utility boxes that control traffic lights, electrical panels, etc. that are typically located on sidewalks or adjacent to them. Normally they are painted gray or green and are just unattractive. After consulting with the applicable maintenance staff of the utility boxes, the City puts out a call to artists (or anyone) asking for suggested design treatments for specific boxes. Interested parties submit proposals for the various sizes of boxes and the City’s Public Arts Commission selects the winning proposals. The City provides a modest stipend to the artists and funds the necessary supplies (paint, brushes, etc.) to a limited extent. While the program began in the downtown area, it is moving out across the City.

Ventura City Bus Shelter Beautification 2014

Contacts: Denise Sindelar (805) 658-4793

This program called for the artistic treatment of the interior panels of bus shelters, typically four. A call is issued when funds are available for the improvements. Applicants submit design proposals that are reviewed by City Staff and the Public Arts Commission. Winning proposals are awarded a stipend and funds to cover most of the cost of materials. Panels are removable, so it is possible to transfer sets of panels between different bus shelters. This effectively creates new artwork among the shelters.

Community Memorial Hospital Art Displays  On-going

Contact: Sharon Taylor with the Buenaventura Art Association (805) 648-1235

The hospital provides most of its first floor walls for art displays. The hospital installed the hanging hardware, but BAA manages the quarterly displays. The art is an attractive addition to the hospital and appreciated by all.