855 Linden Ave.
Carpinteria, CA 93013

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 Carpinteria Arts Center on Linden Avenue in Carpinteria.