FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: September 12, 2018
California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks Announces New Location At The Oaks – a Macerich Property
Thousand Oaks, September 12, 2018— To accommodate its continued growth as one of Conejo Valley’s premier art museums, the California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks (CMATO) has entered into a strategic partnership with The Oaks – a Macerich property. The museum will vacate its current location on Thousand Oaks Blvd. and move into a new 5,500 square-foot facility at The Oaks, located at 350 West Hillcrest Drive. The new location will feature expanded exhibit space, new resources for educational programming and special event space. The museum will be located on the second floor between Nordstrom and Macy’s, across from JCPenney, and will be easily accessible from the parking structure.
“This is a tremendous opportunity for CMATO to be housed in the highest traffic location in the region, with over one million visitors annually,” said Museum Chairman Tony Principe. “We are excited to embark on this new journey with The Oaks to expand the museum’s footprint and create a more engaging experience for current and future patrons.”
The grand opening of the museum will coincide with the exhibition of Kevin Sloan: A Collection of Rarities on November 8, 2018. Sloan, a Denver-based painter whose work is characterized by a deep reverence for the natural world, will take visitors on a surreal journey examining the precarious position facing wildlife today. The museum anticipates 15,000 visitors during the exhibition run and has developed accessible educational materials and public programs to complement the exhibition.
“This new partnership allows CMATO to be proactive by taking art to where people are,” said Museum Executive Director Tish Greenwood. “Our new location ensures our continued strength and vitality as a cultural institution and will allow CMATO to expand our reach and our service to the community.”
“We are grateful to the City of Thousand Oaks for allowing us the use of our present facility and look forward to a continued relationship with them going forward,” said Principe.
“We are very excited about this new addition to The Oaks. We look forward to showcasing the museum within our shopping center as a wonderful new community amenity that will enhance our ever-evolving guest experience. It's a great example of how The Oaks serves to enrich the greater community,” said Adam Antoniskis, Senior Property Manager, The Oaks.
Since 2015, CMATO has exhibited acclaimed artists at the City’s property; welcomed thousands of visitors from throughout Southern California; and seen its membership, donors, and volunteer contributions steadily increase. During this time, CMATO received two substantial gifts: Shawn and Letal Skelton ($100,000) and Larry Janss ($100,000). Both donors are committed to providing the means for CMATO to be a cultural gathering place for generations to come and fully support the move to the Oaks.
As part of CMATO’s mission to be a place for authentic and meaningful engagement with art, the museum’s new location will accommodate larger exhibitions, provide more robust programming and feature dedicated areas for participatory and interpretive experiences. The space will also provide greater exposure opportunities for museum sponsors. Plans are currently underway for CMATO to collaborate with Macerich on major events throughout the year, including its School Cents program.
The California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks (CMATO) is a cultural institution dedicated to engaging, educating and uplifting the human spirit through the palette of art. Established in 2008, the museum showcases established and emerging contemporary artists, with a unique focus on participatory art. As part of its mission to connect people to creativity, ideas and to each other, CMATO features rotating temporary exhibitions, artist lectures and educational programs that foster discussion, participation and an appreciation for the visual arts. To learn more or to become a museum member, visit http://www.cmato.org
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