The Arts Council of the Conejo Valley (ACCV) was established in 1969. During its over four decade span, the ACCV has gone through extensive changes in its programs and services. Established as a regional Federation of Arts organization that was formed to promote the community’s cultural development, the ACCV has evolved into a membership support agency that also delivers and co-sponsors many cultural programs. Member services include marketing, technical assistance workshops and lowered rent at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts (Hillcrest).
The ACCV has a history of successful partnerships in the community. It has joined forces and worked toward a common goal with three major partners – the City of Thousand Oaks, the Conejo Recreation and Park District and the Conejo Valley Unified School District. And as a support agency, the ACCV’s central goal – to strengthen the cultural community of the Conejo Valley region – is about partnership with its member organizations.
The ACCV presents the following programs cooperatively with the Conejo Valley Unified School District, and the Conejo Recreation & Park District:
- Elementary Band & String Instrument Instruction Program: Since Prop. 13 contributed to elimination of the Elementary Music Programs 28 years ago, the ACCV has worked with CVUSD, and CRPD to present parent-pay school site elementary band and string programs in the local elementary schools. These programs begin in the 3rd Grade for string instruments and 4th grade for band instruments. The program includes a financial aid system so all children can participate regardless of the ability to pay tuition. Today over 800 elementary children participate in two annual semesters.
- Elementary Chorus Program: For the last nine years ACCV has cooperatively presented a parent-pay elementary music program in CVUSD Elementary Schools. This program also has a financial aid system to all children the opportunity to participate. Annually, 1,000 elementary school children participate in two semesters of this program.
- Young Artists Ensemble – Youth Theatre Program. For the last 30 years, this award winning Youth Theatre Company has presented high quality family theatre plays and musicals performed by local youth aged 7 to 19. Each year three Family Theatre Plays or Musicals are presented, along with an annual Teen Summer Musical, and three programs called the Hillcrest Players Program for children aged 7-14. Annually over 250 young performers are given an opportunity to perform for over 5,000 local audience members.
The following program is presented in cooperation with the Conejo Recreation & Park District:
- Summer Concerts in the Park Series: Along with CRPD, the ACCV assists in funding a five-concert series featuring well-known popular musical entertainment. Everything from Beatle Tribute Groups to Symphony Pops are presented free of admission in the natural amphitheatre at Conejo Community Park. Annually over 15,000 Conejo Valley Residents attend this series.
- ACCV Member Organization Activities at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts: The ACCV helps their Member Organizations present classes, events, and performances at the Hillcrest Center for the Arts by providing low cost liability insurance, and by working with CRPD to provide a 50% discount on room rental. Activities include dance classes, visual art classes and exhibits, and community theatre performances.
ACCV Directly Presented Activities:
- Produce and Distribute Arts Scene Magazine
- Present www.ConejoArts.org also on Facebook and Twitter
- Present WriteNight seminars for the development of arts professionals
- Curate and exhibit local artists in Hillcrest Center for the Arts Galleria and Thousand Oaks Community Gallery, including receptions with the public and artists. Exhibits include everything from local middle and high school artists to adult professional and avocational artists in the greater Conejo Valley area.
- Annually present the Thousand Oaks Arts Festival: For the last seven years the ACCV has produced an annual two-day festival featuring over 60 artist’s booths, local live entertainment, and children’s hands-on arts experiences. The event draws over 12,000 people each year and is presented in the Mary and Richard Carpenter Plaza Park at the front of the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza.
Join the Arts Council of the Conejo Valley and support the Voice of the Arts!
Use of the Hillcrest Center for the Arts at the member rate, publicize your events and activities through the ArtsScene bimonthly guide and you will have a unique opportunity to present your events to the community on the ConejoArts website. You also have the option be in full control of your contact information on the website.
Receive prominent acknowledgment in the ArtsScene bimonthly guide to the arts and Arts Scene subscription. Your organization will receive VIP invitations to special openings and special events.
Individuals or Families:
Become a patron and support the arts in your community! As a patron you’ll receive a subscription to Arts Scene, the bimonthly guide to the arts. Contribute at the Benefactor level and be acknowledged in Arts Scene as generous supporters and receive invitations to special events and receptions.