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Viva El Arte

"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!

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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. Viva El Arte Performers 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.

Viva El Arte Performers ¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! is sponsored by SAGE Publications, the McCune Foundation, UCSB Office of Education 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, the Roddick Foundation, and the William E. Weiss Foundation, Mary and Gary Becker, Patricia and Jim Selbert, and Eric Kronvall. The program is supported in part by the Santa Barbara Independent, the Santa Maria SUN, El Latino, Radio Bronco, Univision, KPFK, KCSB, the Best Western South Coast Inn, Pacifica Suites and Ramada Limited. Additional support is provided by the National Endowment for the Arts, the California Arts Council, Community Arts Grant Program, and with 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 partnership with the Isla Vista School After School Grant.

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