Ventura
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.
Highlights
Britt Ehringer: Deconstructing the Ridiculous and the Raunchy
Britt Ehringer's fantastical paintings walk the line between pop art fantasy and society's frequently aloof degeneracy.
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
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.
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.
The Line in the Sand
The Line in the Sand
Drama students at Saint Bonaventure High School in Ventura are working on "The Line in the Sand: Stories from the US/Mexico Border," a play that straddles the fault lines of the deepest social and economic crises facing the Americas today: immigration.
Elle-jé Freeheart: Outsider Artist/Inside Job
Elle-jé Freeheart: Outsider Artist/Inside Job
Elle-jé Freeheart, an aesthetician, inventor, business woman, massage therapist, book illustrator, sculptor, painter and poet, is engaged in a life-long commitment to being a "deliberate creator" of her own reality.
Around the Counties: Observing the Ventura County Art Scene with Tracy Hudak
Around the Counties: Observing the Ventura County Art Scene with Tracy Hudak
This week columnist Tracy Hudak answers five questions about the Ventura County art scene.
Making a Scene: John M. White and Performance in Ventura
Making a Scene: John M. White and Performance in Ventura
Iconoclast John M. White, a venerated fixture of the L.A. art scene since the 1960s, has four different exhibitions featured in the Pacific Standard Time Initiative. Tracy Hudak examines the artist and his career.
My Own Private Museum: A Closer Look at Oxnard's Carnegie Art Museum
My Own Private Museum: A Closer Look at Oxnard's Carnegie Art Museum
With its collection of fine art and ethnographic artifacts and its quarterly exhibitions, the Carnegie presents, promotes and preserves a rich breadth of California art that stretches across movements and periods.
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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.

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Cultural Politics

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

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Film & Media Arts

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

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Literature

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

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Multi-Disciplinary

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

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Music

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

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Performance

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

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Visual Arts

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


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