Who We Are

Founded in 1997, Arts for Humanity! is a Santa Barbara-based nonprofit that provides Expressive Arts Programs for marginalized, under-served community members, at no charge, through partnerships with local nonprofits, artists, and college interns. Arts for Humanity! provides Community Arts Programs in partnership with The Squire Foundation, a nonprofit 501(C)(3), and operates under their umbrella.

What We Do

Arts for Humanity! collaborates with local social service agencies and after-school programs to offer low-income elders, people with disabilities and at-risk youth free ongoing opportunities for personal growth through the arts.

We’re also making a difference in the lives of college interns who we mentor—inspiring a new generation to contribute to their communities through the arts in social service. These specially trained interns along with the staff of Arts for Humanity! enable and encourage each participant to be empowered and build community through dance, theatre, poetry and visual arts.

Please watch this brief video to get a glimpse of the magic of an Arts for Humanity! program:


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How You Can Help

Help us Bring the Arts to Under-Served Communities! Your tax-deductible donation to Arts for Humanity! will help us continue our work to bring transformative arts programming directly to low-income elders, people with disabilities, and at-risk youth every week, at no charge.


I’ve learned so much from working with Arts for Humanity! Karsen taught me to be a better teacher by mentoring me; she spread her love for what she does, enabling it to affect more people.
— Jackie Rotman, Founder, Everybody Dance Now!