The Arts for Humanity! Team

Karsen Lee Gould

Founder/Executive Director


Karsen Lee Gould, MA, CDT, founded Arts for Humanity! in 1997 and continues to lead the development and programming of this unique arts outreach organization. For over 25 years she has been active in bringing the inspirational and healing power of the arts to underserved segments of our communities.

An acclaimed educator, artist, theatre director, and creative arts therapist, Ms. Gould received her Master’s Degree in Clinical Psychology and Creative Arts Therapies from Antioch University, Santa Barbara. Her career began as a performing artist after completing formal training at the Goodman School of Drama in Chicago and the Theatre School at California Institute of the Arts in Valencia. She soon gravitated toward teaching theatre and movement to children, which eventually informed the core of her understanding of the innate nature of creativity. This led her to work with a wide variety of populations, developing an integrated arts practice teaching creative theatre, expressive dance, and visual art for personal growth. Realizing that facilitating other people’s creativity and working with the therapeutic nature of the arts is an art form in its own right; she began creating original theatre pieces and directing. She subsequently delighted in discovering that working with “mixed ability” was a tremendous opportunity to explore authentic and unique creativity.

Over the past decade Ms. Gould has produced and directed seven original Mixed-Ability Theatre/Dance Productions for Arts for Humanity!, providing the Santa Barbara community with an inclusive and enriching cultural experience.

Through Arts for Humanity!‘s Internship Program, Ms. Gould trains college youth to work through their art form in the social service sector, bringing an altruistic dynamic to the value of their art experience and helping them to expand their world view while changing the lives of those they serve

Sierra Sutton-Putney

Administrative Assistant

Sierra Sutton-Putney graduated from UCSB in 2018 with a BA in Global Studies. She is disciplined in various art forms including, dance, fine arts and music, with the arts being a central focus to her expression of the self and understanding of the world. Her dedication to the humanities as well as her artistic passion is forefront in her approach to unite the community through cultural understanding and creativity.

As the Arts for Humanity! Administrative Assistant, Sierra is maintaining important community partnerships, expanding our social media presence and outreach, and supporting the non-profit’s goals through her motivation and organizational talents.

Art and love are man’s greatest gifts to himself; and there can be no
art without love. Art is always the making of the soul …
— David Hawkins