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What We Do

Founded in 1959, UCSB Arts & Lectures is the largest and most influential arts and lectures organization between Los Angeles and San Francisco. Arts & Lectures annually presents more than a hundred public events, from critically acclaimed concerts and dance performances by world-renowned artists to talks by groundbreaking authors and film series at UCSB and Santa Barbara-area venues. With a mission to "educate, entertain and inspire," A&L also oversees an outreach program that brings visiting artists and speakers into local classrooms and other venues for master classes, open rehearsals, discussions and more, serving K-12 students, college students and the general public.

Arts & Lectures Staff

Celesta M. Billeci, Miller McCune Executive Director
Meghan Bush,
Associate Director
Ashley Aquino,
Contracts Administrator
Marisa Balter,
Financial Analyst
Michele Bynum,
Senior Artist
Stacy Cullison,
Senior Director of Development & Special Initiatives
Carmela Marie Distura,
Assistant Ticket Office Manager
Charles Donelan,
Senior Writer/Publicist
Matthew Elkins,
Chief Financial & Operations Officer
Elise Erb,
Director of Development
Kevin Grant,
Senior Business Analyst
Ashley Greene,
Education Programs Coordinator
Nina Johnson,
Campus & Community Engagement & Special Projects Manager
Rachel Leslie,
Membership Director
Mari Levasheff,
Marketing Manager
Andre Martinez,
Production Coordinator
Hector Medina,
Marketing & Communications Production Specialist
Caitlin O'Hara,
Director of Public Lectures & Special Initiatives
Elizabeth Owen,
Programming Manager
James Reisner,
Manager of Ticketing Operations
Julianna Swilley,
Arnhold Education Associate
Angelina Toporov,
Marketing Specialist
Laura Wallace,
Finance & HR Manager
Eliot Winder,
Production Manager

Arts & Lectures Council

  • Rich Janssen, Co-Chair
  • Kath Lavidge, Co-Chair
  • Marcy Carsey
  • Timothy O. Fisher
  • Dorothy Largay
  • Patricia MacFarlane
  • Susan McCaw
  • Sara Miller McCune
  • Jillian Muller
  • Natalie Orfalea
  • Tom Sturgess
  • Anne Smith Towbes
  • Lynda Weinman
  • Merryl Snow Zegar

Arts & Lectures Ambassadors

  • Donna Fellows
  • Eva Haller
  • Robin Himovitz
  • Luci Janssen
  • Lois Mitchell
  • Maxine Prisyon
  • Heather Sturgess
  • Anne Smith Towbes
  • Sherry Villanueva
  • Crystal Wyatt
  • Bridget Yin

University Support

Thanks to Chancellor Henry T. Yang and Executive Vice Chancellor David Marshall for their support of the program.

Thank you to the UCSB Office of Education Partnerships.

Thank you to UCSB students for their continuing support through activity fees. These funds directly support reduced UCSB student ticket prices and educational sessions with A&L artists and thought-leaders.

Government and Regional Funders

California Arts Council
National Dance Project
National Endowment for the Arts
Santa Barbara County Office of Arts & Culture
UCSB Summer Culture and Community Grant Program