THE FOUNDING OF OCEANSIDE CULTURAL ARTS FOUNDATION
The following is excerpted from “OMA, The Founding Years” which may be purchased at the Oceanside Museum of Art.
On February 22, 1989, Oceanside Mayor, Larry Bagley, gave his State-of-the-City address to the Oceanside Chamber of Commerce and Economic Development Council. In the address he expressed his vision for a state-of-art performing arts theatre and cultural arts center that would enrich the cultural life of the city.
Mayor Bagley felt strongly that the cultural arts complex should be independent of city government funding. He stated his desire to form a private foundation which would be the driving force behind the project and announced that he would like Oceanside residents Randy and Carol Mitchell to co-chair the project. The establishment of the founding organization would be the first step in the process and he envisioned the group as an organization comprised of a cross-section of people that represented diverse backgrounds and points of view.
The committee approved the name “Oceanside Cultural Arts Foundation” (OCAF). The designation became official at the meeting on June 7, 1989. The first elected officers included the President, Randy Mitchell; Vice Presidents Tim Aldrich, Robert Stauber, and Bob Williamson; Secretary Betty Jo Judy; and Treasurer Bob Pickrel. The Foundation also included a Board of Directors, Advisory Board Members, and Assistants to the Board.
The first official membership of a foundation began to take shape by mid- March, approximately one month after Mayor Bagley’s address at the country club. The original membership list included twenty-five couples and three individuals and was officially designated as the Cultural Arts Committee. Of the original twenty-eight names on the committee list, twelve would ultimately have a strong impact on the eventual success in the establishment. Those people were Dr. Keith Broman, Bob Pickrel, Bob and Estelle Gleason, Jim and Betty Jo Judy, Dave Rorick, John Steiger, Dr. Robert and Charlene Williamson, and Randy and Carol Mitchell as co-chairs.