Help us Preserve and Protect the Soul of our Community

Recent articles in publications from the L.A. Times (click HERE to read) to the New York Times (click HERE to read) are lamenting the current plight of the American Theatre. The impact of the pandemic on ticket sales coupled with skyrocketing costs have forced many theatres to pause operations or close altogether.

Rubicon needs your immediate help to advocate for critical government support from the County and City. YOUR VOICE is crucial to the survival of Rubicon and the arts in our region, and to ensuring the company’s continued cultural, educational and economic impact on the lives of our residents.

Join us at the
Ventura County Board of Supervisors and Ventura City Council
Meetings in September

Let us know if you can join us at one or both of these two important meetings, and if you
are willing to send e-mails or letters or make phone calls.


Monday, August 21 at 1:00 p.m. and 6:00 p.m

Rubicon Theatre Company, 1006 E. Main St., Ventura, CA. 93001

Join us in the theatre auditorium. We will answer any and all questions, welcome feedback and discussion, and practice and coordinate our messages.

Other meeting will be scheduled throughout the
County and announced soon.


Tuesday in Early September (Date and Time TBA)

County Board of Supervisors

County Government Center, Administration Building, 800 S. Victoria, Ventura, CA. 93001

The County has allocated $1 million for emergency relief from ARPA funding. Please join us to express our appreciation and to request the following actions:

1. Provide emergency relief funding in the amount of $300,000 each to Rubicon Theatre Company and New West Symphony as anchor arts organizations in the County that have been devastatingly and disproportionately affected by the pandemic

2. Designate $400,000 in funds to other non-profit arts organizations and individual artists and/or technical support through a program administered as soon as possible by the County’s new Arts & Culture Manager

3. Consider additional allocations if and when other prior ARPA funds go unused, based on the community’s support of the arts and investment in cultural activities and the losses

4. Make a commitment to an annual County grant program for the arts comparable to that of other similar sized counties with similar budgets

Click HERE to read about why we are making the ask: the impact of the pandemic, how Rubicon and New West have been disproportionately affected, why they are anchor organizations, ROI, and what the future holds.



Monday in September (Date and Time TBA)

City Council

City Council Chambers, City of San Buenaventura, 501 Poli St., Ventura, CA. 93001

Please join us to request the following actions:

1. Provide $300,000 in emergency relief funds from budget sources to be determined for Rubicon as “the anchor of the Downtown Cultural District.”

2. Designate annual line-item funding for Rubicon in the annual City budget (similar to the Museum of Ventura County) at the greater amount of $50,000, or 5% of the organization’s last audit at the time of approval.

Click HERE to read the basis for these requests: Rubicon’s history in the community, the impact of the pandemic, the City and comparable arts funding, and what the future holds.

This moment will shape our FUTURE and determine the path forward as we strive to ensure a vibrant and strong future for the arts. The hurdles created by the pandemic may seem daunting, but we know that when a community acts with one heart and voice, we can emerge even stronger.