Formed in 1977, the Santa Barbara County
Arts Commission is a 15 member County Commission appointed
by the County Board of Supervisors, with three members from
each of the five supervisorial districts who make recommendations
to the Board on cultural arts policy. The Arts Commission serves
as an umbrella for county arts projects, assists communities
in raising funds for art programs and provides technical assistance
and coordination to arts organizations, artists and local government.
The Santa Barbara County Arts Commission is the regional cultural
development agency, a State and Local Partner of the California
Arts Council and manager of the County Percent
for Art Program. The Arts
Commission meets monthly on the second Wednesday of each month,
at 1:30 p.m., at locations throughout the county. Department Spotlight Video
WHAT WE DO
The County Arts Commission is involved with numerous city, county
and state-wide initiatives on an ongoing basis. For a list
of key arts commission projects for the 2009-2010 year, click here.
CULTURAL DIVERSITY POLICY
The Santa Barbara County Arts Commission strives--through its policies and diverse and varied programming--to foster life-long learning and engagement in the arts for people of all ages and cultural backgrounds in Santa Barbara County.
The Arts Commission is committed to employing the arts as a tool and catalyst for greater community engagement and resource to expand cross-cultural understanding.
In order to promote the County's rich and diverse cultural heritage, the Arts Commission has established a number of programs and developed strategic partnerships with diverse agencies and nonprofits with the goal to increase access to the arts and broaden diversity of arts offerings and activities in all communities.
Arts Commission programs and cultural events (with the exception of our Annual Arts Symposium) remain free to the public and handicap-accessible, meeting Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) requirements. The Santa Barbara City cultural grants we administer require that funded programs and events meet ADA accessibility guidelines.
The Arts Commission strives to attract and seek out individuals for committee positions that are deeply connected to their communities so that our Commission and Committees reflect the cultural, artistic and geographical diversity of Santa Barbara County.
Ginny Brush, Executive Director
Rita Ferri, Visual Arts Coord./Curator of Collections
Lyn Semenza, Department Business Specialist
Dante Sigismondi, Arts Preparator
Todd Anderson, Arts Preparator
Bob Debris, Arts Preparator
Colin Gray, Arts Preparator
District: Gerardo Ayala (Chair), Amanda McIntyre, Luis Moreno,
2nd District: Barbara
Burger, Dug Uyesaka, Vacant
District: Catherine Boyer,
K.C. Thompson, Karen Evangelista (Vice-Chair)
4th District: Brenda
French,Kam Jacoby, Hannah Rubalcava
District: John Hood, Dennis Smitherman, Vacant
Robert Adams, Chair
Darian Bleecher, Vice-Chair
Frank Hotchkiss (City Council Liaison)
Phoebe Brunner, The Faithful Fields of Gold