The WAV – Working Artists Ventura – is a community for artists and creative businesses, located in the Downtown Cultural District of the City of Ventura, northwest of Los Angeles. WAV provides affordable and market-rate live-work space for artists from more than 20 countries: painters, sculptors, dancers, musicians, poets, actors, and filmmakers, among others. The project also includes supportive housing with social services for people moving out of homelessness and theater/gallery space programmed by WAV artists.
It was in 2003 that the idea for the WAV was born. Not that it was called
the WAV back then. We called it the
affordable artists’ live/work space project which, while certainly not catchy, really summed up our goals for the project: it had to be affordable, and it had to provide spaces that were designed to be able to provide artists a place to both live and work. And, it had to be designated for artists forever.
In the early 21st Century, the City of Ventura had fully realized the value of making the community an attractive and viable place for artists to call their home. Development was booming and new homes were being built all over the city. In City Hall, the City Council and other leaders understood that it wasn’t only the climate and the ocean that brought people to Ventura.
Join us on the first friday of each month for a great time with great people! Local live music, over 30 craft vendors, food truck and small bites, along with our headliner, our art gallery with fresh art each month.