About Us


The Carpinteria Valley Arts Council (CVAC) is a non-profit organization that promotes and supports the arts. Our mission is to:

  • Foster diverse community involvement
  • Nurture the creative process and its appreciation
  • Provide educational opportunities
  • Establish a Center for the Arts
  • Enhance and enrich the quality of life in the Carpinteria Valley

A Brief History

Culture and the arts are instinctive in the human race and integral to our Carpinteria Community.  We can trace artistic expression in our area as far back as the Chumash.

The Carpinteria Art League, the Community Church Craft Center, and Step One: A Gallery, were created to sponsor the arts in Carpinteria.  The City of Carpinteria’s “A Community Vision” for 2020 workshop included an Arts and Culture Committee. This committee highlighted the area’s need for a Performing Arts and Community Center.

The Carpinteria Valley Arts Council (CVAC) was established in 2001 and became the lead organization in the campaign for a  Community Arts Center.  Our first step was to purchase appropriate property for a center and we accomplished that through an extensive fundraising campaign in 2006.

We have now had over 10 years of exhibits at the “855 at The Arts Center” on Linden Avenue in Carpinteria. Our next step is to build a new Carpinteria Arts Center where children, adults and retirees can develop their creative skills. It will include studios, galleries and multi-purpose space.

Proposed New Arts Center at 855 Linden

To support its mission, CVAC will be developing 855 Linden Avenue into a new Carpinteria Arts Center.

The Carpinteria Arts Center will foster all the arts for all ages, encourage inter-generational activities, and nurture creativity through the inclusion and participation of the diverse cultures in our community.  It will support a strong volunteer program as well as both professional and amateur endeavors, shows, and performances.

The Carpinteria Arts Center will also act as a(n):

  • sanctuary for the enjoyment of the arts;
  • environment that encourages community members to appreciate and develop their creative abilities;
  • safe place that will attract children after school for enrichment programs and mentoring;
  • space for community groups to meet and dialogue.

The proposal has completed the City’s approval and review process.  Fundraising is scheduled to begin in 2014 with groundbreaking planned for 2015.

Please click on the links below to see plans and designs.

Carpinteria Art Center 1
Carpinteria Art Center 2



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