Art Trek, Inc. is an independent, hands-on, not-for-profit arts program and community art center bringing quality visual, literary and performing arts into the community. It has been active since 1992 and was established as a not-for-profit in 2006.  Our mission is to create a positive and confidence-building experience for individuals of all ages and socio-economic backgrounds: in classrooms, in public facilities, in our studio and wherever we can meet a need. We commit to extending ourselves into high-risk programs, underserved and needy populations, senior programs, social service programs and to educators in professional training workshops. Through our staff and team of 500 volunteers, we currently reach over 35,000 students every year.

Our staff, public participants, volunteers and teachers focus not only on the technical aspects of the arts but also recognize how engagement can positively affect the lives of the participants. Art Trek workshops impart basic visual, literary and performing art skills, problem solving strategies, creative choices, goal setting/object completion, art history along, and of course... personal and social expression.

Over the course of our 18 year history, we have served not only our home community of Thousand Oaks, but also expanded our reach throughout the Conejo Valley and Ventura County areas and into Los Angeles County as far as Long Beach. In fact—to put a feather in our cap—Art Trek programs have been taught in Canada, China, Japan, the United Kingdom, Italy, aboard a boat on the Mediterranean Sea, and in Honduras with the help of Rotary Club of Westlake Village Sunrise.

...So if you're walking the Pacific Crest Trail and find our trademark Shibori banners along the way, they probably started right here in Ventura County!

 Staff Gathering - January 2018

Staff Gathering - January 2018


Docent Trained Schools

Ascension Lutheran School
Cornerstone at Pedregal Elementary School
Cypress Elementary
Holy Cross School
Loma Vista Elementary
Meiners Oaks Elementary
Our Lady of Assumption Catholic School
St. Mary Magdalen School
Summit Elementary School
Sunset School
Topanga Elementary Charter School
White Oak Elementary School
Willow Elementary School
Woodland Hills Elementary Charter for Enriched Studies


“We loved having our Art trek docent come teach art last year. It was fun to see how 5 and 6 year olds could grasp the art concepts and produce quality projects. Our Art trek docent would carefully break down the projects into small steps and every child was a success! Both our T.K. and Kinder students were so proud to display their amazing artwork throughout the year!”

- Anonymous
Kindergarten Teacher at Glenwood Elementary

Site Instruction

Brookside Elementary
Casa Pacifica - Centers for Children & Families
Downtown Value School
Glenwood Elementary School
Ladera Elementary School
Notre Dame School
Parkview Elementary
Rio del Norte Elementary School

Art Trek 4 Teachers

"I would like to take a moment to express our community's appreciation for another wonderful year of Art Trek. It is such a gift to have focused, professional art program for our students. Energy runs high on Art Trek days and the students look forward to time with their Art Trek teachers.

These women move up the grades with the children, and so develop a connection with them, adding yet another layer of caring individuals and great role models to their young lives. The art produced each time never ceases to amaze me! I marvel at the fact that the first grade does the same thing as the eighth and the resulting art is beautiful at each level!

The students are learning techniques and use of media which they apply to other projects. I believe that it [boosts] their self-esteem also, and allows them to discover and develop talents in a meaningful and fun way.  It has been a worthwhile investment to provide Art Trek for our kindergarten class also; they bring a more developed skill set to first grade when the program "officially" begins for them. "

-Mary Ann Murphy
Principal at Immaculate Conception School

Our Lady of Guadalupe School - Rose Hill
Precious Blood Catholic School
St. Gertrude the Great Catholic School
St. Mary Catholic School
Transfiguration Catholic Elementary School

Oxnard ASES 

Cesar E. Chavez Elementary
Curren Elementary
Driffill Elementary
Harrington Elementary
Juan Lagunas Soria Elementary
Kamala Elementary
Lemonwood Elementary
Marina West Elementary
McAuliffe Elementary
Ramona Elementary
Ritchen Elementary
Rose Avenue Elementary
Sierra Linda Elementary
Thurgood Marshall Elementary

Hueneme ASES

Ansgar Larsen Elementary
Art Haycox Elementary
Charles F. Blackstock Junior High School
Fred L. Williams Elementary
Green Junior High School
Hueneme Elementary
Julien Hathaway Elementary
Parkview Elementary
Richard Bard Elementary
Sunkist Elementary

Porteous Family Foundation

Site Instruction

Holy Name of Jesus School
Immaculate Conception School
Our Lady of Guadalupe School
Our Lady of Holy Rosary School
Our Lady of Talpa School
San Miguel Catholic School
Saint Anthony's Catholic School
Saint Anthony Parish School
St. Odilia School
Saints Peter and Paul School
St. Paul School
St. Raphael Catholic School
St. Sebastian School
St. Vincent School

Art Trek 4 Teachers

Assumption Elementary School
BLESSED SACRAMENT Jesuit Preparatory School
Holy Innocents Parish School
Mother of Sorrows School
Nativity Catholic School
Our Lady of Guadalupe School
Our Lady of Victory Catholic School
Resurrection Catholic School
Sacred Heart Elementary School
Santa Teresita School
St. Cecilia Catholic School
St. Columbkille School
St. Ignatius of Loyola Catholic School
St. Malachy School
St. Mary's School
St. Rose of Lima School

Specialty Family Foundation

Ascension Catholic School
Dolores Mission School
Guardian Angel School
Our Lady of Peace School
St. Aloysius School
St. Eugene Catholic School
St. Michael's School
St. Patrick School


Inspire Charter Schools
Sage Oak - Vendor

Youth Outreach

Casa Pacifica - Centers for Children & Families
Girl Scouts of California's Central Coast
Thousand Oaks Teen Center
Thousand Oaks Youth Commission
Ventura County Office of Education - Teens Kick Ash


Malibu Senior Center
Senior Concerns
University Village