We advocate for the arts and for increased arts instruction in schools. We foster community development through the arts, serving county artists, arts organizations and the general public through partnerships with arts supporters, businesses, foundations, and community leaders. We embrace the diversity of our county and strive to reach low income and minority communities with programs designed to engage these diverse populations.
The Atrium Gallery is located in the Hall of Administration at the Ventura County Government Center complex in Ventura, CA. It spans three floors and some 400 linear feet of display space. The Gallery receives some 3,000 visitors a day (plus employees) who circulate through the Gallery while conducting business Monday through Friday. It is one of the largest galleries in the County and likely receives the most visitors. The Gallery hosts art shows continuously with only one “down” day as a new show is installed. The Gallery is managed with no financial support from the County. All the staffing, installation hardware, and awards are provided by the Arts Council. Work must be broadly appropriate for a public work place. Sales of artwork is coordinated through the Gallery Coordinator.
In 1982 the Ventura County Board of Supervisors established the Ventura County Arts Commission but was unable to implement its county-wide arts plan. In 1992, the Ventura County Community Foundation created an updated arts plan which it was unable to implement. Subsequently, in 1997 the Ventura County Arts Council was formed and incorporated as an independent 501(c)3 non-profit arts organization. Its charge was to serve all Ventura County residents with an array of arts programs. The Council was designated as the State/Local Partner, making VCAC local arts agency designated by the Ventura County Board of Supervisors to serve the county’s citizens in partnership with the California Arts Council.
We are in Ventura County! Among our many programs we administer a series of exhibits in the Atrium Gallery in the Hall of Administration at the Ventura County Government Center.
Our Mission Statement
The Ventura County Arts Council (VCAC) supports and strengthens the arts throughout Ventura County by
championing artistic excellence, accessibility, communication, awareness, mutual support of the arts within
the broader community, to serve Ventura County artists, arts organizations and arts education by forming
strong partnerships with arts supporters, businesses, foundations, and community leaders.
VCAC adopted the nine goals and objectives of the 1992 Cultural Arts Plan
1. To develop countywide leadership from both the private and public sectors.
2. To create public awareness of arts and culture as a quality of life issue.
3. To develop an enduring base of financial resources to support the arts.
4. To provide a forum for communications, cooperation and collaboration within the arts community.
5. To improve the availability and quality of arts-in-education programs.
6. To improve access to comprehensive technical assistance programs.
7. To improve marketing of arts activities and cultural assets on a regional basis.
8. To increase utilization of exiting facilities and coordinate development of new facilities.
9. To support, nurture and promote the county’s cultural diversity.
• Ventura County Government Center Community Art Gallery
• Annual Arts Week
• VCCF Arts & Cultural Endowment Fund
• Arts Mini-Grant Program
• Providence School
• Member’s Directory
• Art Stars Awards
• Poetry Out Loud
The Ventura county Arts Council (VCAC) was created in 1996 primarily to administer the State/Local Partnership program of the California Arts Council. In March 2000, VCAC embarked on a countywide cultural arts planning process designed to determine the current status and needs of arts organizations in Ventura County and to develop an overarching vision for VCAC to guide its next stage of development and service to the arts. The Countywide Cultural Arts Plan 2001 is the roadmap for the future of VCAC. It articulates the mission, values and priorities of the agency, and sets forth a plan for strengthening, supporting and enhancing the arts in Ventura County.
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