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.
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.”