Renovation of the Cole Creativity Center began in fall 2017 under the direction of construction firm Colborn and Associates. They were tasked with a variety of improvement projects including demolition, electrical updates, and removal of a dropped ceiling to expose existing windows and natural light. In effect, the renovation team is transforming a mid-century, former Savings and Loan building into a modern and accessible space where every adult and child in our community will be welcome to learn, share and create.

Click here to take a virtual tour of the future "creative space" inside the Cole Creativity Center.

In summer 2018, the Museum will launch its new Studio Art Program in the Cole Creativity Center for children, teens and adults!

Click here to learn more about summer courses at the Cole Creativity Center.

Press play to see the progress of the renovation as of April 2018.


Join the Creators Circle

Construction of the Cole Creativity Center is set to be completed by summer 2018 and you can still help us put the finishing touches on the Museum's new building! Make a donation today and you will become a member of the Creators Circle. Creators Circle members will be recognized as having helped to build the Cole Creativity Center and their names will be featured in a permanent art installation to be hung in the lounge of the Cole Creativity Center. You can also memorialize or honor the name of loved one with your donation.

  • A donation of any amount up to $100 = name featured on a 5" circle
  • A donation of $250 = name featured on an 8" circle
  • A donation of $500 = name featured on a 10" circle
  • A donation of $1,000 = name featured on a 12" circle
  A sketch of the donor wall art installation. Click to enlarge.

A sketch of the donor wall art installation. Click to enlarge.


About the Building

The Cole Creativity Center will come to life within the walls of the former Santa Paula Savings and Loan building built in 1954, which had in more recent years been used as office space. The building was donated to the Santa Paula Art Museum by the Lee Cole Family and will bear the family's name. Previously, Lee Cole and his children had made a significant contribution to the Museum in honor of his late wife and their mother, Jeanette Cole. Jeanette was a beloved docent and supporter of the Santa Paula Art Museum and the Museum's main exhibition building holds the title of the Jeanette Cole Art Center. Together, the Jeanette Cole Art Center and the Cole Creativity Center will form the Santa Paula Art Museum campus where visitors can both view art and make art as they travel between the two buildings. 

Additional naming opportunities are available within individual rooms of the Cole Creativity Center. Donors' names will be displayed prominently in each room in perpetuity. A floor plan and list of naming opportunities is available by clicking on the image at right.

  Floor plan and naming opportunities for the Cole Creativity Center. Click to enlarge.

Floor plan and naming opportunities for the Cole Creativity Center. Click to enlarge.


Thank you to all of the incredible donors whose generosity is granting us the opportunity to serve our community in an even bigger way!