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

Sarah-Palmer Garrett

Program Associate

Sarah-Palmer Garrett graduated from New York University’s Gallatin School of
Individualized Study with a degree in Arts Administration & Creative Business in
May 2017. After working at the Grey Art Gallery in New York City, she decided it
was time to make the move from the East to the West coast, landing in Santa
Barbara. Her parents are both artists, so she grew up surrounded by different forms
of art and understands first hand the significance of expression. Sarah-Palmer
believes in the power of art to have reverberating positive effects, both locally and
globally, and she is very excited to turn this belief into action through her work
with Arts for Humanity!

Mitra Cline

Graphic Arts and Communications

Mitra Cline, has exhibited in over 40 art shows in the last 15 years. Her skills include the following visual art techniques; painting, printmaking, and graphic arts. Serving her community and the arts have always been her passion. She currently received a degree in "The Creative Life" at Pacifica Graduate Institue.  Mitra has been a friend of Arts for Humanity! since the very early years and is excited about developing creative marketing materials to foster the growth and reach of Arts for Humanity!.  

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