June 20, 2018
A Note From Our Chairman, Tony Principe:
These past twelve months have been another exciting period for CMATO as we continue to grow the museum from all sides and angles.
We have shifted gears from building a new museum from the ground up on the current city property to moving within the newly planned Civic Arts Plaza after the property is remodeled by the estimated date of 2019/2020.
This could be an exciting opportunity to be located within a world-class performing arts complex that could accommodate both our vision for a premier museum space and the long term growth goals. This could be an excellent opportunity to collaborate with the City of Thousand Oaks on curating exhibitions and programs within the Civic Arts Plaza and to have access to outdoor space for art shows and fairs, exhibitions and programs.
CMATO has become a frequently mentioned name as part of the downtown revitalization plan and are working closely with the City of Thousand Oaks on how we can work together to create a premier destination location for our community.
In addition to our exciting Exhibitions and Programs for the 2018/2019 season, which has often been the face of CMATO, we have been working hard to strengthen the foundation of our organization. This has included hiring a non-profit consultant to help set up, build and manage our new donor database that was purchased this past year. We also put in place new accounting software and management system, grew our Board of Directors with addition of Daniel Crosby and Rich Reitzell who both have a great deal of experience in the art and business world. We have brought in both part time staff to assist with the day to day operations and continue to expand our volunteer base, which has strengthen the support needed to our staff, events and programs.
We are completing the renovation of CMATO’s administrative office to create a more efficient and esthetic office space to run the organization.
On the financial front, we have been working hard to build our sustained giving program, which now funds over 80% of our annual operations budget. This is largely in part to two generous donations of $100,000 each from Larry Janss and the Skelton family. We also continue to work hard to operate as efficiently and lean as possible while maintaining a high level of service.
We also had sad news with the passing of our founder and long time board member Michael Yee. We will have an unveiling of his memorial piece at our upcoming Exhibition opening on July 12, 2018. Michael will be sorely missed.
Our goal is to continue to grow our membership and donor base, our Board of Directors and volunteers, hire a Development Director and secure our next facility to accommodate our strong growth for the coming years.
We are excited about our future at CMATO.