The mission of the Working Artists Ventura Artist Council is to share the joy of art with the widest possible audience in our community and around the globe and to provide the highest caliber of art exhibitions, art training, and art events in our programming.
We seek to enhance our position as one of the world’s finest art collectives through our vitality, innovations, and diversity, and through uncompromising commitment to artistic excellence. We will strive in all ways to transmit the spirit of art to our peers and to those that may visit, not only — not less, but greater than it was transmitted to us.
The Working Artists Ventura Artist Council draws from 77 artists from 21 countries living and working together. We consult with members of city government and have a multitude of partnerships with organizations ranging from Project Understanding to the Brain Injury Center of Ventura County.
Presently there are four WAV artist installations on the property, Painted Rocks, Chumash Basket, Stone Wall monument, and a Ceramic Bench. By beautifying our campus with permanent public art, we can encourage foot-traffic and get more diverse visitors from our neighborhood. WAVAC has recently implemented a protocol to open the call to all artists in Ventura. Already we have a proposal for a LED light piece that will be visible from Thompson Blvd.
We’re preparing for a promising and productive year and in the beginning stages to implement Spanish language/bilingual art classes for underserved youth in 2015. We are constantly expanding our existing programs while developing new ones and are in conversation with Cal State Channel Islands about creating an official internship program for college students who need creative-industry experience.
In addition, we aspire to offer grants and honoraria to guests who represent the highest standards of artistry to attract a larger regional audience of art aficionados.
We respect diverse individuals, cultures, and ideas, and believe that by welcoming these perspectives, we are a stronger, more creative organization that more clearly reflects the world of art and the community we serve.
We always welcome attendees regardless of their ability to pay.
We reach new art lovers through word of mouth within the community and we engage our existing audience by providing new creative content through programming both offline and online.
In the past calendar year WAV has had a profound impact with 8 solo art exhibitions, 4 group shows, 2 poetry readings, a play, 8 concerts, and a comedy night. ArtWalk 2013 hosted over 50 visiting artists and 1000 visitors, comparable to the grand opening event of 2010. Our most recent First Friday in collaboration with Ventura County Caregivers had well over 200 guests – the highest attendance to date complete with shuttle service and studio tours.
The number of partnerships is constantly growing while ongoing relationships continue to thrive. Our most recent addition, “Make!” happens at the E.P Foster Library where makers from WAV show-and-tell. The WAV Summit, organized as a capstone project from our CUSCI intern, featured professional writing skills, advertising workshops, and stress management seminars.