“Little Free Libraries” will be returning to Santa Barbara in June of 2019. “Little Free Libraries” is a project that enables community members to donate, borrow, or keep books located in the outdoor libraries. The libraries, each designed by local artists, will be placed throughout State Street in Downtown Santa Barbara. Each library will be a unique representation of the spirit and ideals of the Santa Barbara community which has roots deep in the literary and arts community.
The City of Santa Barbara partnering with the Office of Arts and Culture, Santa Barbara Public Library Central Branch, Santa Barbara Beautiful and Downtown Santa Barbara to commission and install public art “little libraries” along the State Street Corridor for a period of 6 months.
We are looking for imaginative and, preferably, local artists to design and build the libraries for our city. We seek artwork that captures the spirit and values of Santa Barbara, is compelling for residents and visitors, and connects to the cultural energy of the various neighborhoods and city. This opportunity is open to artists and designers from various disciplines and artists will have the option to work with a fabricator, design and submit as a team.
The submission deadline is January 15th. We look forward to seeing your ideas and bringing them to life!