Although Ventura’s Golden Coast and inland cities are some of the wealthiest enclaves in Southern California, the cultural divide between some of them is drastic. Ojai’s experimental music, poetry and literature scene, has little in common with the manicured McMansions of Thousand Oaks and Newbury Park and the hard-core punk scene of its youth.

Perhaps it is the proximity to Los Angeles and Santa Barbara that’s to blame for Ventura’s identity crisis. Luckily today, some cultural thinkers and producers are reclaiming the area’s history and culture, and are building a cultural narrative that is authentic to the area.
Strokes of Genius and Gratitude: The Calligraphy of Souun Takeda
Souun Takeda's calligraphy has a uniquely intense emotion that energizes his work; his eager strokes laden with ink often drip down the fragile, washi paper.
Michael Pearce: Art in the Age of Emergence
Michael Pearce draws inspiration from the Pre-Raphaelites and masters of the Italian baroque movement to realize massive and mythical paintings.
The Imperfect Perfection of Fatemeh Burnes
Iranian-American artist Fatemeh Burnes creates abstract artworks that mingle in a realm of existential self reflection.
The Color Couple: Gary Lang and Ruth Pastine
The Color Couple: Gary Lang and Ruth Pastine
Ojai-based Gary Lang and Ruth Pastine are both abstract painters, with practices that revolve around color theory and the study of time.
Synergy of Music, People, and Place: The Ojai Music Festival
Synergy of Music, People, and Place: The Ojai Music Festival
Since its inception in 1947, the Ojai Music Festival took its place among the pantheon of international festivals for its artistic firsts performed by musical mavericks.
Considering Art About Agriculture
Considering Art About Agriculture
The annual "Art About Agriculture" exhibit examines Ventura's agrarian heritage and the significance of agriculture today.
Reports on the Ventura Art Scene Spark Discussion of Regional Arts Advocacy Strategy
Reports on the Ventura Art Scene Spark Discussion of Regional Arts Advocacy Strategy
Tracy Hudak analyzes reports from the Ventura County Community Foundation and the "Local Arts Index" by national organization, Americans for the Arts. The research offers data measuring the health and vitality of the arts in Ventura County.
Artbound 2012: Best of Ventura County
Artbound 2012: Best of Ventura County
We selected the best articles of 2012 from Ventura County.
Ojai Returns As The Star of The Ojai Film Festival
Ojai Returns As The Star of The Ojai Film Festival
Sharing Ojai is often a fundamental part of what the city's cultural festivals intend to do. The Ojai Film Festival, from October 24th-28th, reflects the spirit and character of the hillside city itself.
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icon, Architecture/ Design discipline

Architecture/ Design

California becomes an international export by redefining the concept of city and home.

icon, Community Arts discipline

Community Arts

Through workshops, education and placed based projects, art is the connective tissue of a community.

icon, Cultural Politics discipline

Cultural Politics

Funding bubbles, cultural deserts and the politics of access to the arts in the 21st century.

icon, Film & Media Arts discipline

Film & Media Arts

At the shadow of the entertainment industry, video artists and underground filmmakers take a stand.

icon, Literature discipline


Noir, sunshine and dystopia create a multi-ethnic narrative that is read, watched and admired around the globe.

icon, Multi-Disciplinary discipline


Multi-hyphenate works that combine disciplines, remix dogmas, and reinvent the wheel.

icon, Music discipline


A dialogue between cultures, the music of our state serves up the California dream like no other artform.

icon, Performance discipline


Staging the drama of California through dance, music and theater.

icon, Visual Arts discipline

Visual Arts

Breaking away from the European and New York vanguard, California reinvents the art world.

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