This Week's Arts & Cultural Events & Opportunities
2014-2015 Poetry Out Loud
The National Endowment for the Arts and the Poetry Foundation have once again partnered with the California Arts Council to support 2015 Poetry Out Loud, a FREE high school program which encourages the nation's youth to learn about great poetry through memorization and recitation. This dynamic program helps high school students master public speaking skills, build self-confidence, learn about their literary heritage, and compete for more than $100,000 in awards. More...
Under the Influence: Responses to Place
September 2 - january 22, 2015
Betteravia Gallery South, Joseph Centeno Betteravia Government Building, 511 E. Lakeside, Santa Maria, CA
Opening Reception: September 11, 2014, 4-6pm
THE SANTA BARBARA COUNTY ARTS COMMISSION announces Under the Influence: Responses to Place, a photographic exhibition organized by Kam Jacoby and Karen Gearhart-Jensen, Co-Curators, to open at Betteravia Galleries North and South in the Joseph Centeno Betteravia Government Building, 511 E. Lakeside, Santa Maria. The exhibition will be on view from September 2 through January 22, 2015 with an opening reception on September 11, 2014, 4-6pm in the Betteravia Gallery South. At the conclusion of the exhibition Under the Influence will travel to the Channing Peake Gallery in Santa Barbara, CA.
The exhibition features seven North and South County artists, Kit Boise-Cossart, Kate Connell, Bill Dewey, Brett Leigh Dicks, Eric B. Johnson, David Passage, Roe Anne White.
The exhibition has been co-curated by Kam Jacoby and Karen Gearhart-Jensen. Kam Jacoby, an artist and photographer currently teaches at Allan Hancock College in Santa Maria, and has published a book “Layers: Composite Photographs from the Lompoc Valley” in 2009. He also created the “Burton Mesa: A Closer Look” photographic installation at the Burton Mesa Fire-Safety Station in Lompoc. Karen Gearhart-Jensen is an artist, printmaker, photographer and graphic designer and has taught art at all education levels. As an artist, she says, “The choice to make art which celebrates our engagement with nature, revitalizes me each and every day.”
This exhibition explores how a sense of place (specifically the Central Coast of California) influences and directs artistic exploration and production. Using the work of selected North and South County artists, the photographers show how our environment, including geology, geography, weather, the economy and culture, inspires art that, even while addressing larger issues, has particular regional relevance.
CITY OF SANTA BARBARA CULTURAL ARTS and EVENTS AND FESTIVALS GRANTS Applications deadline for the 2013-2014 grants cycle has closed for CITY OF SANTA BARBARA, CULTURAL ARTS GRANTS and EVENTS AND FESTIVALS GRANTS to support the Arts within the City limits of Santa Barbara sponsored by the Santa Barbara City Council.
COUNTY ARTS GRANT OPPORTUNITIES
Community Arts Enrichment (CAE) Grants, made possible by partnership with the Santa Barbara County Bowl, and available to applicants throughout Santa Barbara County, are reviewed two times each year.
We are currently in the Fall Cycle and will be accepting applications until 11:59 PM on September 30, 2014..
Click on GRANTS for application and information related to all County CAE and City Cultural Arts Grants facilitated by the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission.
PAST EVENTS SPONSORED BY THE ARTS COMMISSION
ARTS COMMISSION’S 9TH ANNUAL SYMPOSIUM
Symposium for the Arts will took place on Friday, April 26, 2013
from 8:30am–3:00pm at the Kimpton Canary Hotel, 31 W. Carrillo Street. • Santa Barbara
The focus of this year's Symposium was
Expanding Santa Barbara’s Cultural Footprint
Engaging Communities Through the Arts
Opening remarks by City of Santa Barbara Mayor Helene Schneider (via DVD), and a poem by the City of Santa Barbara's newly appointed Poet Laureate, Chryss Yost, welcomed the 100-120 participants. Our Keynote Speaker was Victoria Hamilton, Past Executive Director of the City of San Diego’s Commission for Arts and CultureMs. Hamilton's Keynote presentation addressed nurturing "Vibrant Cultural Communities" and the role of public art. Her presentation was intended to inspire community interest about the need to develop a new Cultural Arts Master Plan for the City of Santa Barbara, and to compel similar new perspectives in the role of strategic planning for the Arts in the County of Santa Barbara as a whole. Panels and break out sessions followed throughout the day.
Funding support for the Arts Symposium 2013 was generously provided by lynda.com
FORUM on the ECONOMIC IMPACTS of ARTS & CULTURE 2012
The Santa Barbara County Arts Commission hosts Forum on the Economic Impact of Arts and Cultural Organizations in Santa Barbara County
33 E. Canon Perdido, Santa Barbara
Thursday, October 4, 2012 3:30-5:00pm
Reception followed on the Lobero Patio
October has traditionally been designated as National Arts and Humanities Month with coast-to-coast collective recognition of the importance of culture in America. Locally the Arts Commission has organized a number of events to highlight the role and contributions of Arts & Culture in Santa Barbara County. None is more important than its Forum on the Economic Impact of Arts & Culture in Santa Barbara County scheduled for Thursday, October 4th at the Lobero Theatre in Santa Barbara from 3:30-5pm. Mayor Helene Schneider will kick-off the event with a Proclamation for Arts & Humanities Month. Randy Cohen, vice president for research and policy at Americans for the Arts will serve as the Keynote Speaker, providing details on Americans for the Arts Arts and Economic Prosperity IV (AEP IV) study completed this year. Kathy Janega-Dykes, President and CEO for the Santa Barbara Conference & Visitors Bureau and Film Commission will provide an update on the local tourism sector and information on its current Culture 101 campaign.
Through the efforts of the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission, Santa Barbara County was one of 182 study regions that participated in the Americans for the Arts’ (AEP IV) nationwide study. The largest and most comprehensive of its kind ever conducted, AEP IV shows that in spite of the economic downturn the arts industry continues to serve as an economic engine, pumping billions of dollars into the nation’s economy. Every day, more than 100,000 nonprofit arts and culture organizations act as economic drivers—creating an industry that supports jobs, generates government revenue, and is the cornerstone of our tourism industry.
The Arts Mean Business in Santa Barbara County
The results of the Arts & Economic Prosperity study to be released at the Arts Commission’s Economic Forum at the Lobero, provide compelling new evidence that the nonprofit arts and culture are a significant industry in Santa Barbara County— one that generates $124 million in total economic activity. This spending— $79.7 million by nonprofit arts and cultural organizations and an additional $44.3 million in event-related spending by their audiences—support 3,587 full-time equivalent jobs, generates $78.5 million in household income to local residents, and delivers $11.7 million in local and state revenue. Full Press Release
The following reports are available on online at the
SB County Final Report (24 page); 2 page Summary, and SB County Brochure Insert
Santa Barbara Bowl to give $.25 of every ticket sold to Bowl
concerts to Santa Barbara County Arts Commission.
County Arts Commission to expand access to arts and cultural programs
to underserved communities countywide through Cultural Enrichment Arts
To hear the KCLU story on the collaboration between the Bowl and the Arts Commission by Lance Orozco http://www.kclu.org/2012/01/20/popular-santa-barbara-county-concert-venue-us.
Santa Barbara County Arts Commission joins Americans for the Arts’ latest nationwide economic impact study, Arts & Economic Prosperity IV.
Our participation in this important research project will allow us to quantify the economic impact of the arts and cultural industry in Santa Barbara County.
We all know that our industry supports jobs, fuels the economy and generates government revenue. In May 2012, we’ll receive a final report that will indicate just how many jobs and how much money the Arts and Cultural non-profits generate for the County. Please contact Lucy O'Brien for questions or comments at 568-3993 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Press Release. . . . . . . .Instructions for completing the survey forms.
Gotta Sing!Gotta Dance! - The Great American Musical on Film. Free Summer Cinema, beginning July 8th. Fabulous Fridays under the stars at the Santa Barbara County Courthouse Sunken Garden. Press Release ... Schedule
Symposium for the Arts
APRIL 15, 2011 Results of the Symposium
The California Arts Council Celebrates California Arts Day on the first Friday in October (and National Arts and Humanities Month throughout the month). October 1, 2010 www.cac.ca.gov
Paul Willis Installed as Santa Barbara's Poet Laureate at City Council Meeting on April 12, 2011
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April Poetry Events
Local poet and Westmont professor Paul Willis was installed as Santa Barbara’s Poet Laureate at the April 12th City Council meeting. The occasion was celebrated with the reading of a Proclamation from the Mayor recognizing the contributions and accomplishments of Mr. Willis and April as National Poetry Month in Santa Barbara.
Past Poet Laureates, Barry Spacks and Perie Longo made remarks praising Willis for his talent and contributions to the literary community. Ms. Longo read a poem by outgoing Poet Laureate David Starkey who is currently in Rome.
After being presented with a ceremonial crown of mock laurel leaves by Longo and Spacks, Professor Willis recited the following poem for the occasion.
The City of Santa Barbara established a position of Poet Laureate in 2005 in order to direct proper attention and honor to the spoken word by utilizing poetry to celebrate and elevate community events. Since the establishment of the position the City has been remarkably fortunate of have three exceptional Emeritus Poet Laureates—Barry Spacks, Perie Longo and David Starkey.
The entire month of Apri was filled with a myriad of readings and events throughout the City celebrating all things poetic. A listing of events can be found at http://www.sbpoetry.net
Guadalupe Mural Installation
On November 16, 2010, Arts Commission staff and arts preparators re-installed the recently restored Guadalupe Murals back to City Hall and their original location. The murals were created by internationally recognized muralist Judy Baca and the community of Guadalupe back in 1989.
The murals were removed in 2003 for restoration at the Social and Public Art Resource Center (SPARC) in Venice, California under the guidance of Ms. Baca. The Murals were ecently completed and returned to Santa Barbara County through funding support of the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission, the Mammel Foundation, the Santa Barbara Foundation and Guadalupe Cultural Arts and Education Center.
A rededication and community celebration of the Guadalupe Murals was held at 2 pm on December 11, 2010 at City Hall, 918 Obispo Street, Guadalupe.