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The California Museum of Art, Thousand Oaks (CMATO) is a gathering place where people engage with one another and exchange their views. Our goal at CMATO is to provide our community with unforgettable opportunities to engage with the visual arts so that it may become more vibrant and creative. Every day, we work hard to offer chances for individuals to engage with art, ideas, and each other, as well as with one another.

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CMATO was founded in 2008 as a direct outgrowth of the Conejo/Las Virgenes Future Foundation (CLVFF). CLVFF is a charitable organization whose mission is to develop community-minded programs and projects for residents of Agoura Hills, Calabasas, Hidden Hills, Thousand Oaks, and Westlake Village. CMATO was established as a direct outgrowth of CLVFF. Having been known in the past as the Regional Art Museum, CMATO became recognized as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization in the same year that it created its Board of Directors in 2008. CMATO made the change to its name on an official basis in 2010, and in September of 2015, it had its first public art show, entitled “ART OF GEOMETRY: Sculptures by Betty Gold.”

CMATO moved from its old location, which was next to the Thousand Oaks Civic Arts Plaza, to a building at The Oaks that is 5,500 square feet in size in 2018. The organization’s exhibition space, educational programs, and community events all got a lot bigger after this move.

When you contribute to CMATO by becoming a member, volunteering, or making a charitable donation, you are assisting us in our mission to improve the quality of life in our community by providing access to a wide range of art exhibitions, cutting-edge and multi-faceted programming, and free admission for everyone. Your dedication helps to guarantee that the museum will continue to be an important institution in our community, one that is committed to fostering learning and creativity through the visual arts.

CMATO is a cultural institution that engages, educates, and improves both its visitors and the community it serves through the visual arts.

CMATO’s objective is to engage the public, educate the community, and raise the human spirit via the medium of art. This will be done by showing and talking about work that is both unique and important.

Providing educational opportunities and experiences that include participation for a variety of audiences is a challenge.

Providing a venue for the exchange of thoughts and the bringing together of individuals.

CMATO is the preeminent cultural organization serving the Central Coast of California. Its goal is to help people learn and find out more by getting them involved in inspiring ways with the visual arts.

Visitor Guidelines:

In compliance with California’s Department of Public Health, visitors who are unvaccinated are required to wear a face mask when entering the Museum.

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