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Art Symposium

Funded by the City of Santa Barbara, the Santa Barbara Office of Arts & Culture presents an annual symposium to explore the state of art-making and identify opportunities for our constituents to fully realize their potential.

Save the date! Thursday, November 2 from 9-4 at the Center Stage Theatre at Paseo Nuevo in Santa Barbara. Speakers with include representatives from Americans for the Arts and the Center for Cultural Innovation

On Friday, November 3 from 10 a.m.- 1 p.m. at the Lompoc Veterans Building, both organizations (Americans for the Arts and the Center for Cultural Innovation) will share their presentations with the North County Community.

Additional Symposium presenting partners include the Squire Foundation, Yes Dance and the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis, and the Museum of Contemporary Art- Santa Barbara.


The 2016 Arts Symposium, “Fund Your Art” focused on financial support immediately available to cultural practitioners and arts organizations countywide. Download the presentations here.

We welcome artists, arts supporters, cultural organizations, and representatives from every arts discipline, including but not limited to performing arts, visual arts, dance, theatre, music, literary arts, music, and venues. 

Sample Schedule for the 2016 Symposium

9:30 a.m. Coffee Cart & Networking

10:15 a.m. Reflections

Mayor Helene Schneider, City of Santa Barbara

10:15 a.m. Reflections

Sojourner Kincaid-Rolle, Santa Barbara Poet Laureate

10:30 a.m. Introduction to and by the SBCOAC

11:00 a.m. Santa Barbara Creative Communities Project Presents

Steven Sharpe, Executive Director, Opera Santa Barbara

Karl Hutterer, Mission Canyon Association

11:15 a.m. Creativity Connects Report & Professional Development Opportunities

Daniel Nevers, Center for Cultural Innovation

12:30 p.m. Cocina Corazon Lunch and Networking, featuring live music by Angelina LaPointe

1:15 p.m. Programs and Funding Opportunities

Jaren Bonillo, California Arts Council

2:30p.m. Thriller Dance Mob!

La Boheme Dance Ensemble

2:45 p.m. Local Foundation Panel: Who, What, When, How and Why

Kai Tepper, Santa Barbara Bowl Education

Ashley Hollister, Squire Foundation

TBD, Santa Barbara Foundation

3:30- 4:15 Breakout Sessions A

Jaren Bonillo, Arts Program Specialist, California Arts Council

CAC Project Description & Budget Workshop

Miki Garcia, ED of the Museum of Contemporary Art

Case Study: Central Standard Time and Writing a Successful Getty Grant

Hannah Rubalcava, SBCOAC Grants & Programs Manager 

Fiscal Sponsorship Workshop

4:15 p.m. Breakout Sessions B

Rod Hare, Executive Director, Notes for Notes

Case Study: How to Grow A Nationwide Organization

Maiza Hixson, SBCOAC Chief Curator

NEA Narratives: A How-to Workshop