Community Arts Programs

At the Heart of It

What began as the simple desire to fill an unmet community need has grown into a year-round commitment to bring weekly arts programming directly to under-served marginalized community members who otherwise may not have opportunities for creative self-expression.

Community Arts Programs

Participants of all abilities discover talents and express themselves while also interacting with local artists, college students, and the community at large. We create positive experiences for our groups through interactive arts such as creative theatre, expressive movement, visual art, dance, poetry, and life stories.

In addition, our public art exhibits, community events, and celebrated theatre/dance productions break through social barriers and raise community awareness about the gifts and talents of individuals within our diverse community.

Community Arts Programs (CAP)

Our Community Arts Programs offer interactive arts, such as creative theatre and movement, visual art, music, poetry, and life stories. These programs are provided to at-risk youth, people with disabilities, and seniors at local non-profits free of charge.  Our Community Arts Programs include the following:

Teaching Artists Program (TAP)

The steady expansion of our services to meet community needs has inspired our Teaching Artists Program (TAP), engaging professional artists in delivering art classes to partner organization clients while also mentoring our college interns. TAP will draw on the talents of professional artists experienced in both teaching and community service, working with art forms that include poetry, visual art, theatre, dance and musicianship. This program allows us to expand and enhance the quality of our programming while also enriching our interns’ teaching experience.

Creative Internship Program (CIP)

Students from UCSB, SBCC, and Westmont work with Arts for Humanity! as teachers, artists, photographers, videographers, and in PR and marketing. Our interns experience firsthand the benefits of the arts in social service as they expand their world view while changing the lives of others. For information on how to become an AH! Intern, click here.

Music Alive Program (MAP)

Our Music Alive Program (MAP) shares the gift of music with seniors at low-income residential centers. Every week we bring musical experiences to our various community partners. We have enrolled many local talented musicians in a variety of genres to engage and delight our seniors. These centers include Garden Court, Pilgrim Terrace, Presidio Springs, Friendship Manor, Villa Riviera, Villa Santa Fe, Villa La Cumbre and more. 

Public Events Program (PEP)

Arts for Humanity! brings “Spontaneous Theatre and Portraits for Youth" to public events where costumes & props provide a plethora of creative opportunities for Santa Barbara youth.

“Inside the Outside,” Arts for Humanity!’s traveling outsider art show, exhibits art created by artists with disabilities and local youth at Santa Barbara venues.

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!
This project is funded in part by the Organizational Development Grant Program using funds provided by the City of Santa Barbara in partnership with the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission.