In 2013 the Commission began establishing City educational programs to further its mission of fostering the arts in Ojai. We currently operate two programs: the Artists Mentor Program, partnering students with professional artists for a summer internship; and Art21, an educational film series. These programs depend on many hours of volunteer labor and in kind donations as well as funds made available by the City of Ojai.
The Artists Mentor Program
The City of Ojai’s Arts Commission selects area high school students to partner with Ojai artists for a summer intern program. Along with the necessary funding from the City, additional funds have been granted by the Ojai Education Foundation.
Each year the City sends out an open invitation to Ojai artists using the performing arts and the artist’s registry. Applicant artists are then narrowed down to the number of funded internships.The ArtsOjai committee then contacts Ojai public and private schools, handing out applications to interested students. The elected artists then chose a student to work with from the vetted applications and recommendations of their instructors.
The artists and students are required to partner for no fewer than 50 hours of one-on-one instruction. The session is then followed by a fall show presenting the student artists work.
Art21 Education Program
Each year the Ojai Arts Commission offers three selections from the Public Broadcasting System’s “Art in the Twenty-first Century” series.The PBS films feature 100 artists and their work profiled over previous seasons. The City is thrilled to be able to screen the Peabody Award-winning series to further acquaint Ojai residents with contemporary art and artists.
The City can offer the series for free because there is no charge from PBS and a local resident, Khaled Alawar, provides the venue,Ojai Playhouse, without cost.There is a donation box our ongoing ArtsOjai mentor program.
For more information on Art21 go to http://www.pbs.org/art21/.