In 1993 the city of Willits formed a Cultural Arts Commission of seven members who, with the help of volunteers, focused on renovating the historic Women’s Improvement Club building (circa 1926) into a cultural arts center for the community. Over seven years, countless volunteer hours and many fund-raising events, the downstairs galleries and classrooms were opened in February 2000. Eight years later the upstairs great room was opened, increasing our gallery space, and providing a performance space and a venue for community and private events. In 2015, the Willits Center for the Arts officially became a 501(c)(3) corporation, and the City of Willits transferred the operations of the Center to a dynamic board of directors, driven by our mission and inspired by our vision.
Our Mission Statement
The Willits Center for the Arts’ mission is to promote active community enrichment and participation in artistic expression and cultural events in Mendocino County by providing a public space for gallery shows, arts activities, and education.