Building a Robust, Vibrant and Creative Community

The Ventura County Arts Council envisions a Ventura County where everyone has access to arts experiences, where artists are valued and thriving, and where the many voices of our artistic heritage are celebrated. In Ventura County, we have both a diversity of cultural experiences and a shared way of life. As champions of the arts in our community, we aim to integrate the arts into all aspects of local life, preserving our distinct cultural histories and forging a collective, creative environment for all to enjoy. We believe that a strong creative sector is essential to our community's well-being.


The grant made me feel like a valued part of the community at a time when most everything I valued was lost, and it has given me a direction to move toward. One step at a time. I appreciate having a hand up from the lowest point in my life. It is something I will never forget.

- Creative Community Thomas Fire Grant recipient


We Support Our Community's Unique Cultural Identity by Promoting the Arts

The Ventura County Arts Council advances the arts in Ventura County by providing arts education and opportunities in schools and other creative settings, by advocating for local artists and arts organizations, and by creating partnerships among artists, arts supporters, businesses, foundations and county organizations. We embrace diversity and equity, striving to reach low income communities of color with programs that offer equal access to the arts.

For over 25 years, we have offered arts programming to residents and supported local artists and arts organizations. As designated by the Ventura County Board of Supervisors, we are the local partner of the California Arts Council, building upon its statewide, foundational mission to improve communities through arts and creative expression.

Our work has included serving thousands of elementary students with art instruction during the school day; facilitating participation in the arts inside Juvenile Justice facilities; offering artists opportunities to exhibit their work; assisting small arts and culture organizations in securing grants; advocating for greater arts funding and support by local government; and much more.

As we look ahead to the coming years, we are more excited than ever to develop new programs, build new partnerships and improve the lives of more people in our neighborhoods through the arts. We invite you to join us in this mission!

Learn more about our programs and how you can get involved.


A Few of Our Stats

K-8 Classroom Art
Residencies Since 2016
Juried Art Show Prize
Money we've Awarded
Years We've Served
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