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. 

 
 
 Bridges Charter Elementary School Museum Visit

Bridges Charter Elementary School Museum Visit

 Pop-Up Art at the Oaks Mall celebrating Corita Kent's 100th Birthday with free screen printing activities led by CSUCI Professor Jasmine Delgado and assisted by her student  Abel Ayala. Collaboration with City of Thousand Oaks, CSUCI, Corita Art Center  and CMATO.

Pop-Up Art at the Oaks Mall celebrating Corita Kent's 100th Birthday with free screen printing activities led by CSUCI Professor Jasmine Delgado and assisted by her student  Abel Ayala. Collaboration with City of Thousand Oaks, CSUCI, Corita Art Center  and CMATO.

 Opening Reception for  Strings: Data & The Self

Opening Reception for Strings: Data & The Self

  Mass Appeal: The Art of Corita Kent  Opening Reception (2017)

Mass Appeal: The Art of Corita Kent Opening Reception (2017)

  Exposed: The Female Lens in a Post-Identity Era?  Opening Reception (2017)

Exposed: The Female Lens in a Post-Identity Era? Opening Reception (2017)

 Tish Greenwood, Executive Director and Tony Principe, Chairman of the Board receiving State of California  accommodation.

Tish Greenwood, Executive Director and Tony Principe, Chairman of the Board receiving State of California  accommodation.

 Letal and Shawn Skelton at Corita Kent VIP Opening (2017)

Letal and Shawn Skelton at Corita Kent VIP Opening (2017)

 Larry Janss, Jennifer and Tony Principe at Femmes Photo Fest Opening Reception at CMATO's  Exposed e xhibition.

Larry Janss, Jennifer and Tony Principe at Femmes Photo Fest Opening Reception at CMATO's Exposed exhibition.

Progress Review:

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.

CMATO is a collaborative inclusive environment where ideas flow and implementation follows. It is a collaborative workspace that is fueled by the local citizenry to bring world-class art to the area. Our stakeholders  passion to build a cultural space for the community (especially for their children), keeps us 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.

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 plans for its future.

“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.”

 Michael H. Yee dedication ceremony. Mike was our museum founder whose insights, energy and commitment lit a fire in many of us to support CMATO. Melodee, Matthew and Devin Yee (Halm) pictured above. 

Michael H. Yee dedication ceremony. Mike was our museum founder whose insights, energy and commitment lit a fire in many of us to support CMATO. Melodee, Matthew and Devin Yee (Halm) pictured above. 

 At the Artist Talk with Michele Benzamin-Miki

At the Artist Talk with Michele Benzamin-Miki

 Board Members Nancy Chappell and Pat Brubaker with Executive Director Tish Greenwood.

Board Members Nancy Chappell and Pat Brubaker with Executive Director Tish Greenwood.