The Washington Post has called this “Worst case scenario for arts groups”…
In March of 2017, the President of the United States released the “America First” budget, which proposes eliminating the National Endowment for the Arts, the federal agency that funds both state and local arts organizations, educational projects, museums and similar cultural institutions.
These proposed cuts would have dire consequences in the Ventura arts community, impacting artists, arts programs & events, and community arts centers. We cannot let this happen. We need to show that the community of Ventura supports the arts.
Over thirty local artists call Bell Arts Factory home. Bell Arts Factory is also known for its youth art classes, a program we offer the community free of charge. We open our doors to the public every First Friday, showcasing works from our tenants as well as other emerging artists. We are also home to another non-profit, the Harmony Project, an acclaimed after-school music program that provides professional instruction to children who might not otherwise have access to instruments and classes at their schools.
The Janet Addison Community Room gives us space to provide a low-cost reversal space for cultural dance groups like Ballet Folkorico and Danza Azteca. We are also able to provide a meeting center for community groups like the Westside Community Council and the Westside Community Development Corporation.
We need your support. Your monthly contribution will allow Bell Arts Factory to continue its mission of providing space for artists, arts programs, and community events, even in these times of uncertainty.
This is not a request help keep the lights on. We are asking you to help keep the Ventura arts community thriving. Become a Bell Ringer and support the arts today.
Your monthly donation to Bell Arts Factory is tax deductible. We are a 501 (c)(3) organization, with a tax I.D of 05-0609775.
This Friday, join us at Bell Arts Factory for 3 great shows…
Get all of your HOLIDAY SHOPPING done this Friday in our OPEN ARTIST STUDIOS!
In the Community Room “Time & Balance”, celebrating old Ventura through the Tortilla Flats Archives, including the gravity defying stone sculptures of Juan Manny Cisneros.
In VITA “Anonymous” an exhibition featuring 12″ X 12″ artwork by dozens of well-known and emerging local artists that have donated their creative efforts for this annual Vita Art Center benefit.
In the Tool Room Gallery “Migration” a mixed media installation by Maribel Hernandez.
First Fridays are made possible, in part, through a grant from the City of San Buenaventura’s Parks, Recreation and Community Partnerships Department.
Join us at Bell Arts Factory for New Ayurveda Yoga Classes with Kellen Brugman. Kellen will share her love and knowledge of Ayurveda’s amazing self-care principles so you understand your true psycho-physiological nature, and thus know how to best take care of your health and stoke your creative spirit.
Session 1: Saturday, October 29
Introduction to Ayurveda
Learn the basic principles to build a lifetime of health, vitality and ease. Understanding the natural world helps best support our true nature of body and mind.
Session 2: Saturday, November 5
Yoga and Ayureda
Woven together, these sister sciences enhance life on and off the mat. Learn poses and breathing practices to balance each dosha and the vital organs.
Session 3: Saturday, November 19
From Zany to Zen
Lower stress with Ayurveda. Marma, Ayurveda’s system of acu-pressure, calms the nervous system. Learn marma points to lower stress and to support digestion, and sleep. Includes breathing practices and essential oils.
Session 4: Saturday, December 10
Hush During the Rush
Tuck into Bell Arts for a little hush during the holiday rush. A slow yoga practice, calming breath and guided mediation will align you with the real meaning of the holidays… peace and goodwill. Learn 3 easy and effective Ayurvedic self-care tips to better enjoy the holidays. When you treat yourself right, all is calm and all is bright.
Each session is $20. Please RSVP to Kellen Brugman.
Proud Art 2016 is a collection of artists from Ventura County unified in a celebration of authentic expression. These artists span many different aspects of identity and many different visual art mediums, coming together to prove how the Ventura community, artists community and LGBT+ community all support one another’s authentic experience. Please join us this Friday, September 2 at Bell Arts Factory from 6-9pm, curated by David Leighton. Open studios and exhibits in VITA and the Museum of Ventura County’s Tool Room Gallery as well. See you Friday night!
Join us this Sunday evening, August 21, at Bell Arts for a special night of Kundalini yoga, gong bath & Holy Love Reiki. The cost is $30 per person. Event is from 5:30-7:45 in the community room. Led by Jai Jot & Liz Aitken-O’Brien. Go to www.jaijotspirit.com to save your spot!
Tonight at Bell Arts Factory for First Friday in Ventura will be one for the books. First in the Community Room, the Harmony Project presents “Bach & Bowie”. This will Concert starts at 6:30.
We are also proud to present featured artist Tana Vivian who will be showing her charcoal portrait series in our lobby.
Also, all of our artist studios will be open and showing the latest creations. We will also have the Blue Light Taco Truck here serving the some of the best eats in town.
First Friday goes from 6 – 9 PM. Remember to get here early for your seat for the Harmony Project concert, as the room will fill up fast.