CMATO is place where ideas are shared and people connect.
It is an exciting time here at the California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks ("CMATO ") as we are becoming a premier museum in the Southern California region. CMATO is a participatory museum – which means visitor engagement is paramount and collaboration is key. It's a place where people connect and experiences are shared.
To exhibit the best examples of Art, to offer educational art programs for all ages, and to present national and international traveling exhibitions.
The California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks (CMATO) provides cultural experience for visitors and locals alike.
The museum aims to engage, educate, inspire, and elevate the human spirit through palette of Art. It serves as a steward of our artistic and cultural heritage that:
- Introduces and showcases unique and influential art
- Promotes a engagement opportunities in the visual arts
- Provides art experiences that are relevant, vibrant, unique and thought-provoking
- Offers technologically advanced inclusive opportunities to view and experience art
- Provides art experiences and education for audiences of diverse cultures, ethnicities, ages and abilities
- Aims to be a significant cultural destination for locals and tourists.
CMATO is committed to becoming part of the social fabric of Conejo Valley region by providing educational, enlightening experiences that are affordable. The museum creates cultural opportunities that are both an enduring community asset and an economic engine for the region. Most importantly, by building a cultural place for diverse audiences to experience culture, CMATO serves a public past, a public present and a public yet to be born.
Since 2016, our membership has grown, our reputation has increased and we have secured key community and business leaders to support the museum through sponsorship and large donations. We are truly becoming a place where people are connecting and are excited that we continue to develop innovative programs that challenge, entertain and provide lifelong learning opportunities.
Our museum boasts a diverse staffing and volunteers, who are residents in the Conejo Valley but are all from different countries. Florencia Glas, our Administrative Manager, is from Buenos Aires, Argentina; Lynn Farrand, our Sr. Curator, is from Toronto, Canada; Severine Faure, our Marketing Director, is from Paris, France; Claudia Borges, our Public Programs Manager, is from Sao Paolo, Brazil; Laura Lewis, our Volunteer Manager, is from Mexico City, Mexico; and Nadia Nikolaeva, our Curatorial Assistant, is from the Ukraine. As you can see, CMATO is a collaborative workspace that is fueled by the local citizenry to bring world-class art to the area. These key volunteers’ passion to build a cultural space for their community (especially for their children), keeps them pressing on to achieve our highest ambitions.
Tony Principe, Chair of our Board, is a dedicated and steadfast leader who works closely with the Executive Director, Tish Greenwood, to ensure that the business side of the organization is on solid footing, including investment in our infrastructure (development database).
In addition, Tony’s leadership provided for two substantial gifts to CMATO: Shawn and Letal Skelton ($100,000) and Larry Janss ($100,000). Both donors are compelled to provide the means for CMATO to be a cultural gathering place for generations to come.
A descendant of one of Thousand Oaks’ founding families, Janss increased his financial support to CMATO after a formal review of the museum’s building plans for its current location at Civic Arts Plaza West.
“The idea of Thousand Oaks hosting a professional, world-class regional art museum smack dab in the center of our city and adjacent to our professional, world-class regional performing arts center is just too important to ignore. It is an opportunity for the city to become the arts center of the Gold Coast and will, properly executed, bring national recognition that positively will impact Thousand Oaks economically and culturally for a century and longer." Janss further explained his gift by quoting the late author Ray Bradbury, who had deep ties to Thousand Oaks and strongly promoted its library: “We need our arts to teach us how to breathe.”
Executive Director's Perspective
By Tish Greenwood
Space has always been vital to the pursuit of culture. Throughout history, nobles have filled their palaces with sculptures and artifacts to commemorate important periods in time. Nineteenth- and twentieth-century America saw the institutionalization of museums in cities around the country in order to provide places for culture to live. Theaters, museums, and other types of performance spaces have always played a role in creating and sustaining art, and they continue to do so today.
How will the California Museum of Art Thousand Oaks (CMATO) play a role in sustaining the cultural vitality of our region? CMATO creates an equality of cultural opportunity that serves not only the cultural elite, but meets the need of society for a unique institution. We are creating a place that will endure and through art, it will tell us who we are and how we got here. Our goal is to be a cultural asset that the community-at-large will be proud to have as its neighbor.
Our motivation to build is driven by the artistic mission to engage, educate and inspire the human spirit through the palette of Art.
With Los Angeles being named as one of the top worldwide destinations for art, why do we need to drive at least an hour away to have a high quality art museum experience? CMATO’s future success is energized by the close proximity of an abundance of artists working in the area, highly regarded art schools, prestigious cultural institutions and art galleries and generous art patrons. These “ingredients” provide the fuel for CMATO to become a highly regarded cultural institution in the heart of the Conejo Valley region. CMATO has already proven this with it successful exhibitions featuring Corita Kent; its landmark collaborations with CLU, CSUSCI, Ventura College, Moorpark College, Studio Channel Islands, Self-Help Graphics & Art, Corita Art Center, Four Friends Gallery and photo l.a. Upcoming exhibitions will spotlight influential artists that have been featured in the Getty Museum and LACMA.
We are in prime position to take advantage of our location and contribute the cultural vitality of our region, even our country.
CMATO’s leadership is now coalescing and we are starting a clear and consistent capital planning process that will be receptive to feedback, that will maintain project timelines, keep expenses under control, and will establish revenue generation programs to help offset the operational expenditures after project completion.
Our capital project funding efforts will focus on foundation grants, corporate contributions, state government funds, federal government funds, large individual gifts and endowment funds.
Yes, space is vital to the pursuit of culture. Let’s keep motivated as we move forward to cementing our site as a platform for innovative and thought-provoking artistic expression.