UC Santa Barbara Arts & Lectures - Creating Hope

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This is a moment that calls for Optimism, Resilience, Courage and Vision.

Santa Barbara needs Hope, and Arts & Lectures is uniquely positioned to respond. Our 2021 CREATING HOPE initiative will inspire our community with shared experiences – online, outdoors, in the schools, in theaters and in alternative spaces. By engaging thought leaders, creative problem solvers and arts visionaries, CREATING HOPE programs will strengthen human connection, bridge our partisan divides, promote emotional well-being, joy and compassion, and envision positive change.

Keynote Event

His Holiness the Dalai Lama
In Conversation with Pico Iyer
May 18, 2021
In this keynote event of A&L's 2021-2022 CREATING HOPE programming initiative, His Holiness joined in conversation with Pico Iyer, a friend, observer and student of the Dalai Lama for more than 40 years.

Thematic Learning Initiative Book Giveaways

As part of CREATING HOPE, hundreds of free copies of the Dusk, Night, Dawn by Anne Lamott and Love Your Enemies by Arthur C. Brooks were distributed to the Santa Barbara community.

Look for more events and opportunities to be announced this summer.

Hope is your superpower.
Don’t let anybody or anything make you hopeless.

– Bryan Stevenson

Thank you to all whose leadership giving supports CREATING HOPE:
  • Marcy Carsey
  • Audrey & Timothy O. Fisher
  • Martha Gabbert
  • Dorothy Largay & Wayne Rosing
  • Sara Miller McCune
  • Lynda Weinman & Bruce Heavin
  • Anonymous
Community Partners: Natalie Orfalea Foundation & Lou Buglioli
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