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Viva El Arte Performers


Isla Vista School
6875 El Colegio Rd, Isla Vista

Guadalupe City Hall
918 Obispo St, Guadalupe

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

Viva El Arte

Free Family Performances

Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán

16-member mariachi from Guadalajara, Mexico
Fri, Sep 20 / 7 PM / Isla Vista School
Sat, Sep 21 / 4 PM & 7:30 PM / Guadalupe City Hall
Sun, Sep 22 / 4 PM & 7 PM / Marjorie Luke Theatre, SBJHS


Traditional music and dance from Veracruz, Mexico
Fri, Oct 18 / 7 PM / Isla Vista School
Sat, Oct 19 / 7:30 PM / Guadalupe City Hall
Sun, Oct 20 / 7 PM / Marjorie Luke Theatre, SBJHS

La Santa Cecilia

"Best Alternative Band of the Year" LA Weekly 2012
Fri, Jan 10 / 7 PM / Isla Vista School
Sat, Jan 11 / 7:30 PM / Guadalupe City Hall
Sun, Jan 12 / 7 PM / Marjorie Luke Theatre, SBJHS

Perla Batalla

"...Impassioned...sublime..." Billboard
Fri, Feb 7 / 7 PM / Isla Vista School
Sat, Feb 8 / 7:30 PM / Guadalupe City Hall
Sun, Feb 9 / 7 PM / Marjorie Luke Theatre, SBJHS

Plena Libre

High-energy Puerto Rican tropical band!
Fri, Mar 21 / 7 PM / Isla Vista School
Sat, Mar 22 / 7:30 PM / Guadalupe City Hall
Sun, Mar 23 / 7 PM / Marjorie Luke Theatre, SBJHS

Los Camperos
Nati Cano and Los Camperos.

"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

"In regard to Viva el Arte, I think you have done everything right…you were very successful in engaging the communities that you serve and getting the families to support your efforts. And if that was just the first one I can’t imagine what this wonderful program will blossom into! You are off to a great start!"
- Perla Batalla

"Es algo muy bonito, porque a veces la gente no viene a apoyar esta clase de eventos, que yo creo que son muy importantes para nosotros,"
- uno admiradora de Son de Madera en El Mexicano

What is Viva el Arte?

A collaboration between UCSB Arts & Lectures, the Marjorie Luke Theatre, Guadalupe Cultural Arts & Education Center, and Isla Vista Youth Projects. ¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! reaches out to Santa Barbara’s Latino communities with free public performances and educational outreach.

A completely new program envisioned in 2005, Viva is largely funded by the James Irvine Foundation with additional support from the National Endowment for the Arts, the Santa Barbara Foundation, the Hutton Foundation, Montecito Bank & Trust, the UCSB Office of Academic Preparation, the California Arts Council and the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission.

In its first year, Viva reached 4,000; in the most recent season more than 17,000 children and adults enjoyed a Viva connection.

Each Viva weekend is different with a schedule tailored to the artists’ gifts and local interests. A typical weekend includes eight daytime assemblies and workshops as well as three free family performances at Isla Vista School, the Guadalupe City Hall, and the Marjorie Luke Theatre, followed by receptions where the artists sign autographs and talk with the audience.

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 host the events. Second, the artists represent traditions of immense value in exploring and sharing cultural identity. And finally, with performances in neighborhood venues, Viva makes high quality cultural events uniquely accessible.

Viva performing artists to date:

  • 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