The City of Ojai is proud to be able to offer Art Grants each year as the budget allows. Previous recipients have been organizations like Celebrate Dance, Got Strings?, the Ojai Community Chorus, Ojai Studio Artists, the Ojai Music Festival, OYES and Performances to Grow On. The grants, which are awarded each year at the December Ojai City Council meeting, help to ensure the vitality of the arts in the Ojai Valley.
The Arts Commission recommends to the City Council individuals or organizations to be recognized for service in the arts community. There are two awards: the Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award and the Hope Frazier Award. The Lifetime Achievement in the Arts Award is given annually and the Hope Frazier Award is awarded as deemed appropriate by the Commission.
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. Applications have been awarded for 2017, come back in 2018!