The Outdoor Art Club was founded by women who were passionate about community engagement. Today, the club continues that tradition in a number of ways. It offers a number of free public events, where noted authors, artists, and experts talk about subjects of interest to Mill Valley residents. The club funds civic projects that beautify local communal spaces, such as public gardens and art installations. And it awards annual grants to local conservation and arts nonprofits that work to better the community.

To support these efforts, the Club hosts two major fundraising events, the Garden Tour and the Marin Masters art show and sale, in alternating years.