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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