Bell Arts Factory Awarded California Arts Council “Arts Education: Extension” Grant

Bell Arts Factory Awarded California Arts Council “Arts Education: Extension” Grant

State funds support after school and Summer arts education programming in Ventura’s Westside

The California Arts Council announced its plans to award $15,300 to Bell Arts Factory as part of its Arts Education: Extension program.

As a segment of the California Arts Council Arts Education grant opportunities, Extension grants support arts education programs for PreK-12 students that operate after school and during the summer, on school sites, in artistic venues, and in community settings. The intention of the program is to offer young people sequential, hands-on training in artistic disciplines, including dance, literary arts, media arts, music, theatre, and visual arts.

The Youth Art Program has been a staple for Bell Arts Factory since we open our doors over ten years ago. We offer after-school and weekend art classes for children ages six to twelve on Tuesdays, Thursdays and Saturdays. Last year we piloted our first summer program (taught entirely in Spanish!) and this year we are excited to launch “Grow”, a collaborative summer art program designed for teens.

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Picture This: VC Star Fundraiser for the Bell Arts Factory – Preview

Picture This: VC Star fundraiser for the Bell Arts Factory - Preview


Bell Arts Factory is excited to announce a very special event coming up for the June 2018 First Friday. Developed in partnership with the VC Star, we will be holding a silent auction of some of the iconic photos that the paper has taken over the years.

The photos tell the history of Ventura County, from large waves, to fires, to some of our local characters.  Expect that the images will jog your memory whether or not you live in the east or west parts of the County.  We’ve included two Bell Arts Associated images here in the post, but you can preview all 184 of them on the VC Star website.  All proceeds from the auction will benefit Bell Arts Factory .

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Artist Studios For Rent At Bell Arts Factory

Artist Studios For Rent At Bell Arts Factory

Looking for an artist studio in Ventura? Bell Arts Factory now has studios available for rent.

Located in Ventura’s art district, Bell Arts Factory is a community to over 30 artists and other creative professionals. We are also a non-profit, 501c3 organization who offers free youth art classes and other programs.

All studios feature interior vents, 24 hour access, and natural light.  All utilities and WiFi access is included. Leases are month to month, with one month’s rent as move-in deposit.

Bell Arts Factory also participates in First Friday, a monthly arts community event which is an excellent opportunity to network, show new work, and sell work. Read More

22 Photos To Recap Day One of ArtWalk Ventura 2017

22 Photos To Recap Day One of ArtWalk Ventura 2017

Day One of ArtWalk Ventura 2017 was the perfect kick off for weekend long event. Birds, and praises, were flying from Maribel Hernandez’s Desde Mi Juala Abierta exhibit in the Tool Room Gallery. Our featured artist, Scott Gordon, had quite the retrospective in his pop-up gallery in Studio 35. The community marketplace allowed various guest vendors and artists to a chance to exhibit alongside all of Bell Arts Factory’s 30-plus artists. And the Cubano Sandwich from the So Cal Comfort Food Truck was definitely a tribute to the culinary arts.

Bell Arts Factory would like to extend a warm thank you to a few people and groups who truly helped make yesterday so special.
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Congratulations, Maribel Hernandez – ArtWalk Ventura 2017 Artist of Distinction

Congratulations, Maribel Hernandez - ArtWalk Ventura 2017 Artist of Distinction

There has been lots of action this week at Bell Arts Factory as the artists are preparing for ArtWalk Ventura 2017.   As everything is coming together, I think it is important to recognize someone vital to BAF and the Ventura arts community, Maribel Hernandez, the winner of the 2017 Artist of Distinction.

There is no one more deserving of this award.  Bell Arts Factory has been honored to have Maribel as an artist/tenant since we first opened back in 2006.  She started off in one of our smaller spaces, eventually landing in her current home of Studio 97.  Through the years, Maribel has become a vital part of the community here, welcoming new tenants, inspiring new artists, and now serving as one of our community managers.

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Preview: ArtWalk Ventura 2017 At Bell Arts Factory

ArtWalk Ventura 2017

ArtWalk Ventura 2017 X Bell Arts Factory Preview

For ArtWalk Ventura 2017, make sure Bell Arts Factory is one of your primary destinations as you check out the local Ventura arts scene.  We will be having special performances and exhibits, food trucks and more on both Saturday and Sunday, so schedule a stop both days.  Located right in the heart of the Avenue, BAF is also walking distance to Stoneworks and Art City Studios, two other staple venues for the creation of art in West Ventura.

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