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Our History

Arts Visalia began in 1994 as the vision of a group of artists and art lovers dedicated to creating a permanent exhibition space for the visual arts in Visalia. Following recognition as a non-profit organization, the original Board of Directors began a capital campaign through which the organization was able to purchase the historic Golden Creamery building that is now our home. This was made possible through the generous donations of many individuals and businesses, together with a matching loan from the City of Visalia Redevelopment Agency and a grant from the California Arts Council. The vision became a reality when, after a complete renovation led by numerous volunteers from throughout the community, our doors officially opened in January 2001.

Today, Arts Visalia has established itself as the premiere visual arts venue in the community. Our diverse exhibition schedule features the works of regional, national, and international artists, with an emphasis on local talent. Our goal is to provide opportunities for artists at many different levels of experience to show and sell their work.

Our adult’s and children’s educational activities continue to grow while our community outreach efforts expand each year. Through a year-round calendar of events, community members of all ages come together to express their creativity and be inspired by that of others.

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