"This program has been exemplary and innovative in its dedication to engaging underserved individuals."
–MetLife Foundation on awarding their Arts Access Award to ¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara!
2015–2016 Free Family Performances Coming Soon
Isla Vista School
6875 El Colegio Rd, Isla Vista
Guadalupe City Hall
918 Obispo St, Guadalupe
Marjorie Luke Theatre,
Santa Barbara Jr. High,
721 E Cota St, Santa Barbara
"To be clear the offerings provided by Viva el Arte are a whole lot more than just free concerts and dance performances… Viva el Arte is able to … deliver some much-needed (and enjoyable) music and dance inspiration exactly where it is needed most."
Santa Barbara Independent
"…¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! has established itself as a valuable and regionally relevant showcase for the many flavors and specific traditions within Mexican folkloric music."
Santa Barbara News-Press
"… you do a magnificent job bringing the arts. Especially for the youth, so they are aware of our culture…"
– Audience member, Guadalupe
"… algo muy bonito porque nos recuerda a nuestro país y que no olvidamos nuestras raíces y es bueno para la juventud que también aprenda de sus raíces… de su cultura Mexicana."
– Audience member, Santa Barbara
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, UCSB Arts & Lectures teams up with The Marjorie Luke Theatre, the Guadalupe-Nipomo Dunes Center, Isla Vista School to present ¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara!
– a program of high quality, no-cost performing arts experiences and education that represent the unique cultural heritage of our community.
Featuring free performances in neighborhood venues, school assemblies, workshops and more, Viva works with many community partners to make cultural events uniquely accessible throughout Santa Barbara County from Carpinteria to New Cuyama, bringing arts experiences to children and families.
Now celebrating its tenth anniversary, ¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! is funded by the McCune Foundation, the UCSB Office of Educational Partnerships,
the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission, the Wells Fargo Foundation, 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 National Endowment for the Arts, and 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.