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Viva El Arte

"An organization that has been exemplary and innovative in its dedication to engaging underserved individuals."

- MetLife Foundation

2014–2015 Free Family Performances

Viva El Arte Performers

Mariachi Garibaldi de Jaime Cuéllar

12-member traditional mariachi from Los Angeles
Fri, Sep 19 / 7 PM / Isla Vista School
Sat, Sep 20 / 7:30 PM / Guadalupe City Hall
Special Performance! Sun, Sep 21 / 2 PM / California Lemon Festival, Girsh Park
Sun, Sep 21 / 7 PM / Marjorie Luke Theatre, SBJHS

Viva El Arte Performers

ContraTiempo Urban Latin Dance Theater

"The new face of Los Angeles dance, and the new voice as well." Los Angeles Times
Fri, Oct 17 / 7 PM / Isla Vista School
Sat, Oct 18 / 7:30 PM / Guadalupe City Hall
Sun, Oct 19 / 7 PM / Marjorie Luke Theatre, SBJHS

Viva El Arte Performers

Mariachi Flor de Toloache

New York’s finest all-women mariachi!
Fri, Jan 9 / 7 PM / Isla Vista School
Sat, Jan 10 / 7:30 PM / Guadalupe City Hall
Sun, Jan 11 / 7 PM / Marjorie Luke Theatre, SBJHS

Viva El Arte Performers

M.A.K.U. SoundSystem

Columbian music and dance party for the people!
Fri, Feb 20 / 7 PM / Isla Vista School
Sat, Feb 21 / 7:30 PM / Guadalupe Boys & Girls Club
Sun, Feb 22 / 7 PM / Marjorie Luke Theatre, SBJHS

Viva El Arte Performers

Las Cafeteras

"Best Latin Alternative Band - 2013" LA Weekly
Fri, Apr 24 / 7 PM / Isla Vista School
Sat, Apr 25 / 7:30 PM / Guadalupe City Hall
Sun, Apr 26 / 7 PM / Marjorie Luke Theatre, SBJHS


Isla Vista School
6875 El Colegio Rd, Isla Vista

Guadalupe Boys & Girls Club
4689 11th Street, Guadalupe

Guadalupe City Hall
918 Obispo St, Guadalupe

Marjorie Luke Theatre, SBJHS
721 E Cota St, Santa Barbara


"Nati and his group were so focused on the children - passing the cultural elegance and humility on to the next generation. It was beautiful…Bravo to you for bringing the performing arts to their origin - the people!"
- Kathleen Lord, Bellas Artes


"…es algo muy bonito porque nos recuerda a nuestro país y que no olvidamos [sic] nuestras raíces y es bueno para la juventud que también aprenda de sus raíces… de su cultura Mexicana."
- Maria Guerra, asistente al Marjorie Luke Theatre


What is ¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara!?

Free, fun and open to everyone!

Acting on the belief that everyone deserves access to cultural education, The Marjorie Luke Theatre, the Guadalupe Cultural Arts & Education Center, Isla Vista School and UCSB Arts & Lectures came together in 2005 to create ¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! to enrich the lives of Santa Barbara County residents and to reach underserved audiences with high quality, no-cost and accessible performing arts experiences that represent the unique cultural heritage of our community. Viva El Arte Performers

¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! reaches from Carpinteria to New Cuyama with free family concerts and educational outreach. Five weekends a year, multi-generational family groups come together at the Marjorie Luke Theatre, Isla Vista School, and Guadalupe City Hall to enjoy and participate in song and dance, and celebration of Spanish language with artists who represent important traditions and educate as well as entertain. Through innovative outreach and collaboration, Viva has developed partnerships throughout the County to benefit those who would not otherwise have the opportunity to experience art and culture in a family concert. These sessions in schools and afterschool, in family housing sites and residences for youth, in community centers and galleries, and at public festivals are fun an entertaining but also effective in conveying values, providing role models, and reinforcing language learning for all.

There are several key elements to Viva’s success. First, bilingual co-ordinators with special connections in each community serve as the faces of the program and work with volunteers to promote and host the free family concerts. Second, Viva artists represent traditions of immense value in exploring and sharing cultural identity. And finally, with no-cost performances in neighborhood venues, Viva makes high quality cultural events uniquely accessible.

Now in its tenth year, ¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! is funded by the James Irvine Foundation support from the McCune Foundation, the UCSB Office of Educational Partnerships, the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission, the Wells Fargo Foundation, Viva El Arte Performers The Marjorie Luke Theatre’s Dreier Family Rent Subsidy Fund, the Stone Family Foundation, Roddick Foundation, William E. Weiss Foundation, Mary and Gary Becker, Patricia and Jim Selbert, and Eric Kronvall. The program is sponsored in part by the Santa Barbara Independent, the Santa Maria SUN, Radio Bronco, Univisión, KPFK, KCSB, the Sandman Inn, Best Western South Coast Inn and Ramada Limited. Additional support from the California Arts Council, Community Arts Grant Program using funds provided by the City of Santa Barbara, in partnership with the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission. Co-presented by the Marjorie Luke Theatre, the Guadalupe Cultural Arts & Education Center, the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center and UCSB Arts and Lectures, in collaboration with the Isla Vista School After School Grant.

Viva performing artists have included: Arpex: Conjunto de Arpa Grande de Michoacán, Ballet Folclorico Quetzalli de Veracruz, Ballet Hispanico, Banda Viento de Oro, BoxTales Theater Company, Celso Duarte, Chino Espinoza y Los Dueños Del Son, Danza Floricanto, Entre Mujeres, Grandeza Mexicana, Instituto Mazatlan Bellas Artes de Sacramento, La Santa Cecilia, Los Cojolites, Los Hermanos Herrera, Los Soneros del Tesechoacán, Los Texmaniacs, Los Vega Son Jarocho, Louie Romero y su grupo Mazacote, Mariachi Divas, Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, Mariachi Mujer 2000, Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán, Mariachi Reyna, Mariachi Sol de Mexico®, Mono Blanco, Pacifico Dance Company, Perla Batalla, Pistolera/ Moona Luna, Plena Libre, Quetzal, Santa Cruz River Band, Son de Madera, Tiempo Libre, Tlen Huicani, Troker, Valente Pastor, Very Be Careful.

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