Ojai Jail Arts Initiative
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October 8-16, 2022

The Ojai Jail Arts Initiative is a site specific, multi-disciplinary group exhibition taking place from October 8th to 16th in and around the historic, decommissioned Ojai City Jail in downtown Ojai. Curated by Matt Henriksen, Elizabeth Herring, and Teddy Nava, the week-long exhibition will include new commissions by Brett William Childs, Annette Heully, Vanessa Wallace Gonzales, Hailey Loman, Sarah Mirk, and James Whipple. Connected through their ties to Ojai and Ventura county, the artists have been asked to respond to the jail as a site for investigating hyper local geography and social historical space, repositioning it as a generative, community space for arts and culture in the Ojai Valley.

This exhibition is public and attendance is free.

For scheduled events visit our events page.

For more information about accessibility, or to make an appointment please contact ojaijailarts@gmail.com.

This project is partially funded by the City of Ojai Arts Commission Ojai Art Grant. We also thank The Ojai Institute, Lum Magazine, Christine Steiner, Cindy Convery, Jennie Prebor, and Brian Aikens for their additional support.


Saturday, October 8th

Artist Reception and O.J.A.I. opening at the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation, 5:00 - 7:00pm
248 S. Montgomery Street 

O.J.A.I. will be open to the public beginning October 8th from 11am - 6pm on weekends, 12pm - 5pm during the week. 

Saturday, October 15

Ojai Day, all day
Libbey Park

Sunday, October 16

Artist Panel and closing reception at the Carolyn Glasoe Bailey Foundation with LUM Magazine. This event will coincide with the California Monuments Consortium Lab at the Ojai Institute. Read more about the lab heredetails to follow.

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An Evening at Bart’s to benefit O.J.A.I.

On Sunday July 17th, join us for an evening of art, music, and community at another of Ojai’s most beloved locale, Bart’s Books. This launch party and fundraiser for the Ojai Jail Arts initiative will be hosted by local drag renegade Michelle Chrakra, featuring musical performances by harpist and sound artist Shelley Burgon and indie pop favorite Dear Nora

There will be a raffle which includes a chance to win a two night stay at Blue Sky Center in the Cuyama Valley, and silent art auction along with the opportunity to learn more about the initiative. Meet some of the artists and enjoy a drink in the picturesque Bart’s courtyard!

100% of all ticket sales and proceeds from this event  go towards exhibition production and artist payments. Ticket price includes all performances, access to silent auction, one raffle entry, and drinks.

Doors at 6, performances at 6:30
Tickets $30 on Eventbrite and at the door

Purchase tickets here!