arts symposia series

The Office of Arts and Culture proudly partners with local municipalities, arts and culture organizations and artists to host dialogues and workshops about relevant issues and opportunities for all members of our arts and culture community.

Manhattan Plaza.jpeg

artist housing film screening & survey launch wednesday, oct. 17, 6 p.m. CAw: 631 garden street, santa barbara, ca

Join us for a special screening of Miracle on 42nd Street, a documentary chronicling the history of Manhattan Plaza, one of the first subsidized housing spaces for artists. This project led the revitalization of New York City’s Hell’s Kitchen neighborhood and local economy, serving as a model for projects nationwide.

Following the film, there will be a moderated panel featuring producer Ken Aguado, architect Brian Cearnal of Cearnal Collective, and SBCAST resident curator, Lynn M. Holly. Community arts stakeholders are invited to attend and participate in a dialogue about affordable housing and workspace needs.

The Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara will be onsite with information about local housing resources and processes. At this event, the Office will launch a countywide affordable housing survey initiative.

Suggested donation: $10 (includes pizza and drinks) to benefit the film

View the trailer, featuring cameos by Samuel L. Jackson, Alicia Keys, Angela Lansbury, Terrance Howard and more.

Produced in partnership with the City of Santa Barbara, Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative, the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara Beautiful.


Creative commons thursday, oct. 24, 4 p.m.

Since opening to the public in 1988, The Elverhøj Museum of History & Art has exhibited the work of more than 400 regional, national and international artists. All interested community members are invited to join the Museum, County Arts Commission and Office for a dialogue about the cultural vitality of arts in the Santa Ynez Valley. Social hour following. This event is free to all.

Location: Elverhøj Museum: 1624 Elverhoy Way. Solvang, CA 93464 For more information, call 805.686.1211.


grants for the arts

Join the office to learn about potential grant opportunities through the City of Santa Barbara, County of Santa Barbara, and State of California. Learn best practices for writing a strong narrative, and how to keep your mission and budget succinct. Date TBD.