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This Week's Arts & Cultural Events & Opportunities


2014 Symposium for the Arts

Register for the 9th Annual Sympsium for the Arts. Friday, April 18, 2014 at the Canary Hotel
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Santa Barbara County Arts Commission Kicks off Community Arts Enrichment Grant Spring Funding Cycle

Community Arts Enrichment (CAE) grants are intended to support artists, arts and cultural organizations by funding projects and a variety of activities that enrich the lives of residents in communities throughout Santa Barbara County.
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Current Exhibitions

Inside/Outside: Santa Barbara Art Association
January 21 - May 23, 2014
The Channing Peake Gallery
The County Administration Building
105 E Anapamu St, Santa Barbara, CA 93101

Impoverished Vision: Abstraction to the Rescue
February 3 - April 25, 2014
Opening Reception: February 13, 2014, 4-6pm
Betteravia Gallery North & South
Joseph Centeno Betteravia Government Building

511 E. Lakeside, Santa Maria, CA


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.

The next cycle deadline for CAE Grants will be April, 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
Lobero Theatre
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 Grants.
Bowl Subsidy

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 lobrien2@co.santa-barbara.ca.us.
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

2010Grantees

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.

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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.
http://sbcounty.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=11&clip_id=1247

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KDB Interview with Arts and Cultural Economic Impact Forum Keynote speaker Randy Cohen, Vice President for Research and Arts Policy at Americans for the Arts. http://www.kdb.com/kdb-db/features-archive.php?featuresID=280

Free Webinar on Crowdfunding for Artists.
http://www.nordp.org/crowdfunding-webinar



Link to KCLU Interview
http://www.kclu.org/2012/05/02/8749/


Poet Laureate Guidelines
Form



Poet Laureate 2011-2012 (complete)

Santa Barbara 2011 Music Patron/Audience Survey (complete)

ARTIST OPPORTUNITIES

Printmakers PR
Prospectus 19th Annual Show
(Complete)

Call for Entries - The Pierre Claeyssen's Veterans' Museum & Library Foundation Project” (Complete)

Joseph Centeno Aquatics Complex Request for Proposals
Cuyama Site Diagram
(Complete)

What Many Are Called: Poets Respond to the Berkus Collection Selections

1st Thursday, November 3, 2011, 5:30pm, 105 E. Anapamu
Planning Commission Hearing Room

Paul Willis, Santa Barbara City Poet Laureate hosted a poetry reading of new works inspired by the current Channing Peake Gallery exhibition. The reading included poems by seven Santa Barbara based poets including Kristin George, Ellen Kelley, Lois Klein,    David Starkey, Paul Willis, George Yatchisin, and Chryss Yost.  

 http://youtu.be/yowNg8PRLxw

County website/Granicus:
http://sbcounty.granicus.com/MediaPlayer.php?view_id=11&clip_id=1478





The Creative Community: Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative from The Santa Barbara Channels on Vimeo.

Join host David Starkey as he interviews Rod Hare and Ginny Brush from the Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative in a discussion about the future of the arts in Santa Barbara and how community based collaboration is benefiting the arts community. Join host David Starkey for a one on one interview with Rod Hare and Ginny Brush on this edition of The Creative Community. Taped on 1.20.10

PODCAST
Local Arts Organizations look at How to Cope with Economic Crisis

The state budget crisis, and the nation's economic slump are affecting everything from education to public safety. Also impacted is the local arts community. We hear from local arts leaders about their concerns, and some possible solutions. By Lance Orosco, KCLU News, Monday, April 20, 2009.
 
   

 

Stochastic Probability
Installed on October 27, 2010    press release

http://www.santamariasun.com/art/5844/growing-art/
http://www.casasb.com/Profiles/2010%20Artist%20Profiles/12.17.10.Francis.Michael.Dawson.pdf

Francis Michael Dawson - Stochastic Probability
Jardin de las Granadas Exhibition

The Jardin de las Granadas exhibition space is a unique collaboration with the City and County of Santa Barbara, the City Redevelopment Agency and the Downtown Organization. It began when opportunities for the temporary display of sculpture were envisioned as part of this park and sculpture pads were included in the landscape design in front of the Las Granadas housing project in the heart of the Cultural Arts District. The Jardin is located at 21 East Anapamu Street, between State and Anacapa Streets. The Ribbon-Cutting ceremony with Mayor Helene Schneider, other City officials, Arts Commission staff and the general public will take place on 1st Thursday, November 4th at 5:00pm.

The current Jardin sculpture exhibition installed on October 26, 2010, features the plant-based sculpture installation, titled Stochastic Probability, of North County artist Francis Michael Dawson. Dawson is a visual artist, who for the last twelve years has pursued the propagation of a large variety of succulents and plant materials in his work. Stochastic Probability, refers to a sequence of random variables which make things happen, in this case, of how plants grow. Dawson has integrated over 2,000 hand-tended succulents, into four 10 foot pillars. These figurative sculptures will continue to grow throughout their six-month exhibition.  Dawson’s artwork explores ritual, time and space, and how the bodies we inhabit, alter and animate. He believes the dynamic process of changing negative space will challenge and positively engage the viewers at the Jardin.

Dawson is a 2001 honors graduate with a Bachelor of Fine Arts degree from University of California at Santa Barbara.  His work has been featured in eighteen group exhibitions throughout California.  In addition, he has received awards from the James Irvine Foundation, the Santa Barbara Foundation, UCSB Art Affiliates Fellowships, and the William Dole Memorial Fund among others. Dawson has his own residential landscape design company and was most recently featured in the Wall Street Journal for his creative and sustainable landscape work.

Dawson commented, “This installation at the Jardin de las Granadas provides a unique opportunity in an active environment to share the conscious creation and growth of a sculpture that is alive and evolving. This dynamic quality expands the three dimensional restraints of a static sculpture.  Stochastic Probability refers to the process and effect that is determined by both predictable actions and by random events; we influence and cause vibrations with every movement and breath.  We alter everything with choice and actions, yet we can’t confidently predict every consequence.  I hope each person who visits will experience both the present and the possibility.”

The City’s Visual Art in Public Places Committee (VAPP) and the City Arts Advisory Committee review the recommended proposals of the Jardin Community Panel for the Jardin de las Granadas and give final approval.

This exhibition is the direct result of the Santa Barbara community’s vision and commitment to placing public art in the heart of the Cultural Arts District with cooperation of the Redevelopment Agency of the City of Santa Barbara, the County Arts Commission, and the Downtown Organization. The sculpture installation Stochastic Probability by Francis Michael Dawson, the brochure, and the on-site signage are funded by Santa Barbara Beautiful.

For more information contact Rita Ferri at 805.568.3994, ferri@co.santa-barbara.ca.us Visual Arts Coordinator, Santa Barbara County Arts Commission.

 

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2012 "Poetry Out Loud" Event
Press Release

Dos Pueblos High School Student Named Winner in Arts Commission’s Annual Santa Barbara County “Poetry Out Loud” Contest

Madeleine Centrella wins local competition that emphasizes language skill and public speaking; advances to the state finals in Sacramento March 25 th -26th.

Madeleine Centrella, a Sophomore at Dos Pueblos High School in Goleta took first place in the Santa Barbara County “Poetry Out Loud” competition on February 15. Madeleine was one of thousands of students across the state to participate in the national recitation contest, a program run by the California Arts Council in the state and started by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to engage high-school students in the presentation of poetry through memorization and performance. Madeleine now advances to represent Santa Barbara County at the California state finals in Sacramento on March 25th and 26th, 2012. At stake are hundreds of dollars on the state competition level and thousands at the national finals of Poetry Out Loud in Washington D.C.

Twenty-four high school students competed in last night’s Countywide Competition held at the Board of Supervisors Hearing Room on the fourth floor of the County Administration Building in Santa Barbara. Paul J. Willis, Santa Barbara Poet Laureate served as emcee for the evening and a stellar panel of judges included David Starkey, Santa Barbara Poet Laureate Emeritus, published poets Chryss Yost, Carol DeCanio, and Peg Quinn.  They were charged with the task of selecting a winner and runner up based on criteria that included level of difficulty, voice and articulation, dramatic appropriateness, evidence of understanding, physical presence, accuracy and overall performance.

Dos Pueblos High School senior Cheryl Wilson placed second for her recitation of “I am the people, the mob” by Carl Sandberg. An honorable mention award was given to Bella Garcia of Pioneer Valley High School in Santa Maria. Faculty members at the event were commended for their commitment to engaging fellow faculty and students in the Poetry Out Loud program. William Woodard from Dos Pueblos High School, Ben Rothstein, from Pioneer Valley High School, Bojana Hill from Laguna Blanca School, and Poet Sojourner Kincaid-Rolle from El Puente Community School, Carpinteria High School and Rincon Continuation School were all recognized.

The Poetry Out Loud program seeks to foster the next generation of literary readers by capitalizing on the latest trends in poetry: recitation and performance. Poetry Out Loud competitions start in the classroom, then at the school, region, state, and national finals, similar to the structure of the spelling bee. The national initiative is part of an attempt to bring literary arts to students, a critical need in U.S. schools, according to a 2004 NEA report Reading at Risk that found a dramatic decline in literary reading, especially among younger readers.

The Santa Barbara County Arts Commission is a division of the Community Services Department of Santa Barbara County. For more information on other programs of the Arts Commission visit www.sbartscommission.org or on Facebook. General information on Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Competitions can be found at www.cac.ca.gov and www.poetryoutloud.org. Reporters interested in more information about the statewide program may contact California Arts Council communications director Mary Beth Barber at mbarber@caartscouncil.com or 916-322-6588.

2011 "Poetry Out Loud" Event
Press Release

Dos Pueblos High School Sophomore Named Winner in Santa Barbara County Arts Commission’s 5th Annual “Poetry Out Loud” Contest

http://sbcounty.granicus.com/ASX.php?publish_id=30&sn=sbcounty.granicus.com

Courtney Cambron wins local competition that emphasizes language skill and public speaking; advances to the state finals in Sacramento March 20-21st.

Courtney Cambron, a Sophomore at Dos Pueblos High School in Goleta took first place in the Santa Barbara County “Poetry Out Loud” competition on February 9.  Courtney was one of thousands of students across the state to participate in the national recitation contest, a program run by the California Arts Council in the state and started by the National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) to engage high-school students in the presentation of poetry through memorization and performance. Courtney advances to the California state finals in Sacramento scheduled for March 20th and 21st, 2011. At stake are hundreds of dollars on the state competition level and thousands at the national finals of Poetry Out Loud.

Fourteen high school students competed in last night’s countywide competition held at the Board of Supervisors Hearing Room on the fourth floor of the County Administration Building in Santa Barbara. Barry Spacks, Santa Barbara Poet Laureate Emeritus served as emcee for the evening and a stellar panel of judges included Perie Longo, Santa Barbara Poet Laureate Emeritus, and published poets Chryss Yost, Carol DeCanio and Kathy Roxby. 

Dos Pueblos High School swept the evening’s honors. In addition to Courtney, the judges awarded Haley Peterson with the Runner-up Award and Rishika Singh placed third. Sojourner Kincaid-Rolle a respected local poet worked with students at El Puente Community School, and faculty members William Woodard from Dos Pueblos High School, Roberta Nye, from Santa Barbara High School and Dr. David Barndollar from Laguna Blanca School were responsible for engaging faculty and their students in the Poetry Out Loud program at their schools.

“In a world of emails, IMing, texting, sound bites and blips it was glorious fun to spend an evening reveling in the spoken word and the literary contributions of American poets,” said Ginny Brush, Executive Director of the County Arts Commission.

“Young people interested in rap and slam contests can be surprisingly interested in classical poetry when it’s presented through the Poetry Out Loud competition,” said Muriel Johnson, outgoing Director of the California Arts Council. “We’ve seen students from all backgrounds and academic levels embrace this program wholeheartedly. It can change their lives.”

Spencer Klavan, from Laguna Blanca the 2009 Santa Barbara County Poetry Out Loud winner went on to win at the State finals in Sacramento and represented California at the National Poetry Out Loud competition in Washington D.C. last April.

The Poetry Out Loud program seeks to foster the next generation of literary readers by capitalizing on the latest trends in poetry: recitation and performance. Poetry Out Loud competitions start in the classroom, then at the school, region, state, and national finals, similar to the structure of the spelling bee. The national initiative is part of an attempt to bring literary arts to students, a critical need in U.S. schools, according to a 2004 NEA report Reading at Risk that found a dramatic decline in literary reading, especially among younger readers.

For more information on other programs of the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission visit www.sbartscommission.org. General information on Poetry Out Loud National Recitation Competitions can be found at www.cac.ca.gov and www.poetryoutloud.org. Reporters interested in more information about the statewide program may contact California Arts Council communications director Mary Beth Barber at mbarber@caartscouncil.com or 916-322-6588.

 

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POL_2012Caption: Winners of the Art Commission’s 6th Annual Poetry Out Loud Competition were selected February 15th. Pictured from left to right: Paul J. Willis, Santa Barbara Poet Laureate; Bella Garcia, Honorable Mention, Madeleine Centrella, 1st Place, Cheryl Wilson, Runner Up and Ginny Brush, Executive Director of the Arts Commission.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rishika Singh, Courtney Cambron, Haley Peterson

 2009 - 2010 Storefront Gallery Project exhibition
 Announces the Winners of the Epicure SB Theme

The Storefront Gallery Pilot Project announces the artists selected for its last round of art installed in eight storefront windows along State Street in the heart of Santa Barbara’s Cultural District. In keeping with the theme of October’s Epicure SB: A Month to Savor Santa Barbara, the County Arts Commission invited all artists to submit up to three digital images, for window display consideration, that celebrate food. The individual interpretation of that theme was up to each artist, but  a broad spectrum of creative, playful, beautiful or eye-arresting food-friendly fotos were requested.  Each digital image chosen was enlarged and installed by the Arts Commission to be visible from storefront windows in time for 1st Thursday, October 1, 2009.  Carol M. Taylor, County Art in Public Places Committee Member for the County Arts Commission and Arts Educator, and Art Korngiebel, former Chef and Produce Broker for Produce Available were the jurors for the exhibition.

As you walk along State Street you’ll pass 401 State Street which features a vibrant image of “Orange Peels”  by  Gerald Aspen;  403 State has the “Menudo” image of a colorful painted restaurant advertisement by Bob deBris; on 27B E. De La Guerra take a little jog over to the Downtown Organization office and see the luscious cakes offered up in a photograph, titled “Cuba” by Nell Campbell,915 State features the whimsical “Garlic Man”  by Kate Connell, and “Eye” by the late Tom Huston;  1223 State features a photographic image of an oil painting by Ray Cirerol, titled “Freedom to Have”(Homage to  Norman Rockwell's “Freedom from Want”, 1233 State showcases two exuberant wine related photos, Champagne Blue by Ian McKaig and Wine #2 by Roger Dawson.

The Storefront Gallery Pilot Project is a collaboration with the County Arts Commission, the Downtown Organization, the City Redevelopment Agency and the Santa Barbara business community. The Arts Commission administers the project, coordinating all curatorial, production, promotion and the installation and de-installation aspects of the program. Exhibition concepts are reviewed by the City Arts Advisory, Visual Art in Public Places Committees and Arts Commission staff.

"The Storefront Gallery Project provides a great opportunity to add additional exhibition sites for our regional artists and curators to showcase their work in a very public, highly visible setting. Temporary art installed in vacant storefronts along State Street will add to the lively atmosphere of the Historic Cultural Arts and Old Town Districts and expand visibility beyond the 1st Thursday cultural nights Downtown," says Ginny Brush, Executive Director of the County Arts Commission.

 

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