The mission of Arts for Action (A4A) is to build and sustain a movement for social, environmental, and economic justice, arts education and activism, education, and community organizing. Working with primarily “at-risk” youth and families A4A provides training, infrastructure, leadership development, implements dynamic interdisciplinary curricula, and provides other resources at the A4A community based workshop centralized in Downtown Oxnard. A4A utilizes multicultural and interdisciplinary forms of youth culture and art incorporating global forms of muralism, media, dance, music, public arts and community organizing to develop leadership, raise consciousness, and create both systems and cultural change. A4A engages the community in every step of the campaign process including research, advocacy, public speaking, strategizing, and outreach. In this time of education cuts A4A has seen arts and other programs cut in our area, and has aligned all of our programs with the California State State education standards.
A. Tomas Hernandez Jr., Executive Director
Gustavo De Haro, Jobs Not Jails Program Director
Certificate of Congressional Recognition 2007, 2008, 2009, 2010
Certificate of Recognition from California State Assembly 2007, 2009, 2010
Earth Charter Award for Arts—2010
Letter of Recognition—Ventura County Juvenile Probation Department
- The completion of 13 industry standard video productions in partnership with the Abundant Farm Project, Hueneme School District, Fedreral Migrant Education Program, and other agencies.
- Finishing 7 Public Murals Projects at such location including Cabrillo Econmic Development Housing, El Rodeo Community Center, and Fresh Mex Restaurant.
- Partnering with the Ventura County Probation Department, the Oxnard Graffiti Task Forces, and local school districts to complete over 1500 hours of community service for local youth in community based projects.