Upcoming Events

Summer is around the corner and Arts for Humanity! could not be more excited for our upcoming events! Throughout the year, we bring the arts to those who otherwise would not have access to them. Each summer, we work with local community events and organizations to share our “Create a Costume and Portraits for Youth” event, imparting the joy of imagination and creativity to our community.

"You can't use up creativity. The more you use, the more you have." - Maya Angelou


Create a Costume and Portraits for Youth ~ Summer Event Schedule

·      Buddy Walk with Down Syndrome Association of SB, Saturday, June 8th

·      Children’s Celebration, Summer Solstice, Saturday & Sunday, June 21-23

·      Family Fiesta with Rite Care Language Center, Saturday, July 27th

·      Goleta Lemon Festival, Saturday, September 28th

·      County Hoedown with Down Syndrome Association of SB, Saturday, October 5th


Summer with Arts for Humanity!


This summer Arts for Humanity! served 200 children from low income communities providing programs for “Fun in the Sun” with United Way Santa Barbara


Photos “Fun in the Sun” art

 Create a Costume & Portraits for Youth:

 This summer we brought our Create a Costume & Portraits for Youth booth to our new partner, Santa Barbara Rite Care Childhood Language Center, for their annual summer celebration at Family Fiesta. Great fun was had by all!


“Thank you ever so much for volunteering your time, beautiful costumes and creativity at our end of summer Family Fiesta!  Your costume booth was the hit of the party. It was so wonderful to see our clients having so much fun putting together costumes and modeling them for their families and friends. This was such a fantastic addition to our yearly event and we hope to collaborate with you again next year and the years to follow. Thanks for all you do for the Santa Barbara community.” - Summer Calvert, Speech-Language Pathologist


We also brought our booth to the Goleta Lemon Festival. For the past 26 years, the Lemon Festival has been the biggest celebration in the Goleta area and it keeps getting better each year.

Hoedown with the Down Syndrome Association of Santa Barbara County

October 6th, Arts for Humanity! participated in “Hoedown” hosted by the Down Syndrome Association of Santa Barbara County. At the event everyone got to enjoy a BBQ Dinner, dancing, Arts for Humanity!’s Create a Costume & Portraits for Youth boothand much more. 


Create a Costume & Portraits for Youth invites to create costumes and have their portraits taken. We offer opportunities for children and teens of all backgrounds to explore their creativity and interact with each other as they explore a plethora of costumes and props for creative costuming and imaginative play. 



New Teaching Artist Spotlight


We are excited to announce that Emily Murray has joined our Teaching Artist team! Emily received her Bachelor’s Degree in Art Education from California State University Chico. Combining her love of art and children, she has been teaching for the past thirteen years both locally and internationally. She teaches a variety of art mediums including painting, drawing, mixed-media, printmaking, ceramics, and photography. She places particular emphasis on the process of making art while teaching techniques and taping into each individual child’s creativity. The majority of her career has been spent teaching in the non-profit world and she enjoys bringing art to children that otherwise would not have access to these opportunities.

Emily teaches a weekly visual arts class at the Westside Boys & Girls Club.

Music Alive Program (MAP) - Musician Spotlight

Arts for Humanity! proudly presents Trudy Bixby and Oscar Maynez!

Trudy and Oscar have been playing music together professionally for the past 19 years.  Their passion lies in serving the senior community in Santa Barbara, using their music as a healing modality; lifting spirits, rekindling memories, and stirring emotions. Trudy's voice and Oscar's guitar accompaniment take listeners on a journey through time with their renditions of beloved and familiar jazz standards.

Arts for Humanity! is grateful to Trudy & Oscar for their dedication to our organization and for sharing their gifts.

Trudy Bixby & Oscar Maynez

Trudy Bixby & Oscar Maynez

Arts for Humanity! partners with the Santa Barbara Public Library

Arts for Humanity! is proud to announce our partnership with the Santa Barbara Public Library. Beginning this January, we provide inspiring creative arts opportunities to local youth at multiple library branches. These classes will be led by our talented Teaching Artist Judy Nilsen, the art activities include: 

  • Lolligaggers: Using imagination to develop characters, paper bags become expressive puppets known as “lolligaggers” 
  • Pocket Books: Stories are told through mini books, created by a combination of collage, stamping, and drawing
  • Book Mobiles: Experimentation takes the form of creating paper books out of used book pages then balancing them on a mobile structure
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