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2017, Announcing New Partnership with Squire Foundation

Arts for Humanity! is thrilled and honored to be in partnership with the Squire Foundation providing Community Arts Programs. These inspirational opportunities cultivate creativity and reach a greater number of under-served, empowering Santa Barbara’s diverse communities through the arts.

The Squire Foundation is a non-profit empowerment foundation,
dedicated to civic and educational programs for artists, curators and all manner of creative people.

2017 Intern Gathering Videos

Music Alive Program (MAP)

Thanks to the generous support of the Stephanie Lancaster Foundation Arts for Humanity! has partnered with  local musicians and multiple organizations to share the gift of music to seniors and youth. Our musical performances scheduled throughout the holiday season are bringing holiday joy to the residents of low-income senior living centers, as well as at-risk youth at Boys and Girls Club.

Special thanks to our guitarist Gem Fiedtkou, pianist Charlie Tetoni, and pianist Bryan Tari for sharing their talents and inspiring their audiences through music!


Instrument Petting Zoo

Saturday, May 13 11am-12 pm, Westside Boys and Girls Club

We are thrilled to announce this exciting event called “Instrument Petting Zoo.” Children will have the chance to have hands-on fun with instruments and become more familiar with musical instruments they see professionally played on stage. It’s a fun and educational program that teaches how vibrations become sound, and sound becomes music. This Instrument Petting Zoo event will be co-presented by Cal Poly’s honorary band fraternity, Iota Pi chapter of Kappa Kappa Psi and Arts for Humanity!.



This project is funded in part by the Organizational Development Grant Program using funds provided by the City of Santa Barbara in partnership with the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission and the Squire Foundation.

2017 Living Arts Story Theatre

This project is funded in part by the Organizational Development Grant Program using funds provided by the City of Santa Barbara in partnership with the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission and the Squire Foundation.

Karsen Lee Gould, an artist, educator, and theatre director has been facilitating groups in the expressive arts for over 25 years. Karsen has an MA in Creative Arts Therapy from Antioch University and studied theatre at the Goodman School of Drama and California Institute of the Arts. She is the founder and director of Arts for Humanity! and is passionate about exploring the authentic and unique nature of artistic expression and creativity within us all.

“Life Stories” for Seniors Video

Arts for Humanity! Creative/Executive Director, Karsen Lee has begun leading a “Life Stories” group at Garden Court, capturing and honoring the rich histories of the “greatest generation” through story telling.

This project is funded in part by the Organizational Development Grant Program using funds provided by the City of Santa Barbara in partnership with the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission and the Squire Foundation.

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2016 Highlights

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Creative Theatre at United Way

Over the summer, Arts for Humanity! was proud to partner with United Way’s Fun in the Sun program. Arts for Humanity! intern Mayra Delgado provided performing arts classes to the participants at El Camino and Harding Elementary Schools, developing their understanding of theatre and helping them overcome the fear of performing in front of peers. Thank you to both United Way and Mayra for your time, commitment, and generosity throughout the summer!                                                                                                           


“The things I learned in the program will help me in the future with being a leader and understanding kids’ behaviors.  It was simply amazing.”

– Mayra Delgado 

Arts for Humanity! Summer Newletter


Arts for Humanity! is thrilled
to share with you two recent articles about our programs




One, in the Independent, features a class taught by Teaching Artists Program (TAP) volunteer and renowned photographer, David Litschel, to teens at the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara (HASB):
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Choices Girls group at HASB leaping for joy at phone photography class taught by David Litschel. Photo by David Litschel
Phone photography class gathering at HASB Teen Night taught by David Litschel. Photo by David Litschel



The other, in Noozhawk, showcases our new partnership with Santa Barbara High School’s Visual Arts and Design Academy (VADA):
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Water color class taught by Martha Shilliday at VADA. Photo by Arts for Humanity! intern, Elizabeth Snett
Student work at Arts for Humanity!’s water color class. Photo by Arts for Humanity! intern, Elizabeth Snett.

We’re excited to get public recognition for the work that your support makes possible!
Help us keep it going with a gift to Arts for Humanity! 
Thank You!



Donate to Arts for Humanity!

Founded in 1997, Arts for Humanity! empowers low income at-risk youth, people with disabilities, and the elderly through participatory performing and visual arts programs. We bring opportunities in the creative arts directly to marginalized community members through art programs we provide to social service agencies throughout Santa Barbara County.

Facilitated by local artists and trained college interns, our transformational arts programs cultivate creativity and give a voice to the under-served. These experiences serve to bridge generational, social, and economic divides to make the arts accessible to all. Arts for Humanity! works to celebrate both our differences and our commonality through the power and beauty of the arts.

Contributions made to Arts for Humanity! are tax deductible to the full extent permitted by US Law. IRS nonprofit tax ID # EIN 46-1323531. Make donations out to Arts for Humanity!.





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Working with renowned photographer, David Litschel

DavidLArts for Humanity! is honored to be working with renowned professional photographer, David Litschel. David is a talented, skilled, and creative photographer, who has taught throughout his career, including 15 years at Brooks Institute. David will be teaching creative photography classes at the teen program at the Housing Authority of Santa Barbara, an exciting and unique opportunity for these youth. David will also be photographing our ongoing classes at our Community Expressive Arts Programs. This is a wonderful and important opportunity for Arts for Humanity! and for the people we serve.
David’s photography can be viewed at his website,

Bio: “David Litschel is a noted educator, author, and consultant to industry and education. He is also a travel and stock photographer providing images through Alamy Stock Agency in the United Kingdom and ImageBrief in New York City. His travels include many trips to Europe, the Middle East, Asia and Latin America.

For the past five years David and his wife Martha have been active traveling in Latin America. They have been on photographic trips to Bolivia, Cuba, Ecuador, Guatemala and Paraguay. They have voluteered helping build houses for people in need with Habitat for Humanity Global Village in Latin America.

Until December, 2010, David served in the capacities of the Provost, the Vice President of Academic Affairs, and the Director of Education, at Brooks Institute with campuses in Santa Barbara and Ventura, California over a period of 11 years. Prior to taking his administrative role, he was a faculty member at Brooks Institute of Photography for 15 years. He is the co-author of two books on photography, Black and White Photography first edition published in 1994 and Digital Photographic Capture published by Focal Press in 2005.

He has been active in many professional organizations, including serving as President and a member of the Board of Directors of the Photo Imaging Education Association (PIEA). David earned the Master of Fine Arts degree at the University of Michigan and the Bachelor of Fine Arts degree at the University of Colorado where he was awarded Phi Beta Kappa.”

Our new partnership with watercolor artist Martha Shilliday

Arts for Humanity! is thrilled to announce our new partnership with Martha Shilliday. Martha is a professional watercolor artist, and is leading an interactive watercolor class at Garden Court, an independent living community for seniors. We are excited to have Martha inspire older adults to share their experiences and express themselves through watercolor. Martha will also partner with our student interns, providing excellent mentorship in the medium of watercolor, teaching skills, and leadership. This class has been met with overwhelming enthusiasm by her grateful students. Arts for Humanity! is honored to have Martha’s skill, warmth, and passion as a part of our community.

Martha’s work is exquisite, and can be viewed on her website,



Photos by David Litschel

Wishing you the gift of Beauty & Wonder


Wishing you the gift of Beauty & Wonder
this Holiday Season & throughout the New Year
Peace on Earth

Arts for Humanity! Year End Newsletter



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Social Good Fund, Inc. Welcomes Arts for Humanity! to their Esteemed Partnerships

Arts for Humanity! and Social Good Unite to Create Positive Influences for Individuals, and Communities.

Arts for Humanity! is delighted to announce our new partnership with Social Good (, who is now serving as our umbrella 501(C)(3) non-profit fiscal sponsor.

Social Good is an established and innovative organization that provides well-rounded support for community projects. Their goal is to sponsor and develop projects that will help positively impact and develop local communities into healthier and happier places to live, work, and be.

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We’re thrilled to be included among the worthy programs Social Good supports.

To view a list of their current partners, click here:

Community Arts Mentorship (CAM) Welcome Teaching/Artists

CAM1-1CAM2-1The steady expansion of our services to meet community needs has inspired our new Community Arts Mentorship (CAM) Program. This exciting program will employ regional artists as mentors for our interns, and as occasional facilitators for our programs. CAM will draw on the talents of professional artists experienced in both teaching and community service, working with art forms that include poetry, visual art, theatre, dance and musicianship. This will greatly help our interns develop tools and confidence through their work with Arts for Humanity!.

Community Arts Mentors (CAM):

Arlene Saterlee Dance
Susan Manchak Dance
Judy Nilson Visual Art
Emily Barnath Visual Art
Christine Kravitz Poetry
Amy Buchanan Videography
Erica Huff Theatre Arts
Karsen Lee Gould Performing Arts

Each brings a wealth of expertise and enthusiasm to our organization and we’re delighted to have them aboard!

“I’ve learned so much from working with Arts for Humanity!, Karsen taught ME to be a better teacher by mentoring me; she spread her love for what she does, enabling it to affect more people.”
– Jackie Rotman, Founder, Everybody Dance Now!

This project is funded in part by the Organizational Development Grant Program using funds provided by the City of Santa Barbara in partnership with the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission.

“Inside the Outside” at 1st Thursday, May 7th, Please Join Us

15 E. Carrillo, 805-963-8862
Thursday, May 7th | 5-8pm

Please join Union Bank, tonight hosting Arts for Humanity! (AH!). This playful, whimsical work of “Inside the Outside” captures the spirit of a group of artists with disabilities. Come view the sensitive and innovative artwork of these gifted individuals as we appreciate them as part of our arts community. Presented by the Arts for Humanity! traveling outsider art exhibit, enjoy wine and live music as you delight in art that is uncensored and right from the heart.

This project is funded in part by the Organizational Development Grant Program using funds provided by the City of Santa Barbara in partnership with the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission.

Origami Sculpture … New & Wonderful

robert1aArts for Humanity! is proud to announce our new Origami Workshop series with the incredible and talented, Robert Salazar. Robert believes anything can be folded from a single uncut sheet of paper and that anyone can do it!

Origami Workshops are currently scheduled at our Community Partners locations, including the Goleta Boys & Girls Club, the Westside Boys & Girls Club, the Housing Authority of City of Santa Barbara and Garden Court.




This project is funded in part by the Organizational Development Grant Program using funds provided by the City of Santa Barbara in partnership with the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission.


International Students Association presents Chinese Cultural Fair

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AH! Provides 10 Classes Per Week


Creative Connection

Arts for Humanity! is proud to provide 10 Creative Arts classes a week to the following local organizations:

Program Partners

  • Alpha Resource Center
  • Boys and Girls Clubs (3 sites)
  • Garden Court
  • Youth Interactive
  • Housing Authority, City of SB (2 sites)
  • Special Olympics
  • Transition Program, SBCC & San Marcos
  • Teen Extreme
  • YMCA Youth & Family Services
  • Transition House

Community Expressive Arts Programs & Events – 2014

Creative Poetry … Reaching Many

“Teen Nite” at the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara

letterThis creative poetry class is a writing workshop taught to teenagers on the Westside at the Housing Authority of the City of Santa Barbara’s “Teen Night”. The goal is to allow every student to move away from preconceived ideas of what poetry “is” or “must be” and to move toward discovering the freedom and joy in writing poems and trusting his own voice. Each session will have different prompts and hands-on writing activities, but every session will provide the opportunity for students to share their poems aloud and to listen and engage with the work of their peers and other contemporary poets. This workshop is designed to encourage imagination, honest self-expression, and attentiveness to the outer and inner world in each person for the purpose of liberating teens to experience poetry – and their own lives – as something uniquely creative, meaningful, powerful, and transformative.

MandiMandi DeVos

Mandi DeVos was born and raised in the small mountain town of Steamboat Springs, Colorado. She spent most of her childhood outdoors, skiing and playing soccer. Writing has always been her first love. Over the recent years, Mandi has worked as a freelance journalist, a writing tutor, a copy editor, and an editor in chief of a literary-arts publication. In 2013, she graduated Summa Cum Laude from Westmont College in Santa Barbara, CA, with a degree in English. She writes a poem a day to seek meaning in her experiences, in order to make sense of life going forward. Writing and engaging with the writing of others continues to be her soul’s passion.

 That Dog

You moved out,
and I spent the last night in our house
alone. And I lay on the floor
with the memories and put my body
right next to them, as if they were an
old golden retriever, who is nothing but love,
but doesn’t know it’s her last day. I hum a bit,
trying to soothe her, hoping she will pass peacefully.
(Isn’t it terrible that the best things
break your heart?) Instead, I nod off
and that dog runs through my
sleep, and in the morning
there is nothing left.
I make oatmeal in a plastic cup and eat it
with a fork, tie up the last bag of garbage from the kitchen,
and then walk out that door,
turn the key,
and bury it all.
– Mandi DeVos

Supply & Create


Supply & Create

Our mission is to enrich the art opportunities of community youth at local non-profits, by collecting donated art materials and distributing them to people and programs in need of these materials. Our goal is to make creativity and self-expression accessible to all people.

We are looking to collect new and gently used materials such as paint brushes, paper, and crayons so that we can donate these materials to local non-profits and after school programs.


We have raised $545 on GoFundMe and will soon be purchasing supplies and distributing the supplies to local after school programs.
In January we will post flyers and place donation bins around campus so that students can donate art supplies.

We want to thank Art Essentials and local artists Gerry and Ann Winant for their generosity in donating to Supply & Create.

I hope that you will consider donating any of the items listed below. Feel free to contact me with any further questions or comments!

  • Colored pencils
  • Crayons
  • Markers
  • Paint brushes
  • Tempera paint
  • Watercolor paint
  • Printer paper
  • Drawing paper
  • Watercolor paper
  • Construction paper
  • Clear tape
  • Clay
  • Oil pastels
  • Chalk

If you are interested in donating materials to Supply & Create please contact:

 Thank You!

Summer Solstice In The Park

Beginning at noon on Saturday, June 21 stop by our booth, Spontaneous Theatre for Youth, at the Alameda Park Children’s Area.

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Interactive Internship Training

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“Here is what I wrote in my journal after the wonderful training with Arts for Humanity!:

‘It’s just all about engaging in art for solely constructive purposes, healing, tapping into the parts of art that have a positive effect and celebrating it, sharing it. It’s 100% nonprofit in every way – and isn’t that beautiful? It feels pure. And Karsen, who is in charge really, clearly, truly believes in the mission. The orientation was quite freeing – dancing and mirroring and leading and following and drawing with no expectations except to be open and participate. I felt free, I really did, and it’d be amazing to give that to other people.'”

-Daisy Rogozinsky

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“The activities we did in the workshop embraced our own creative spirits while also teaching us methods to use in the classroom to help others as well. I would definitely use some of the methods you taught us at San Marcos for the kids with developmental disabilities.

Life is about coming together, helping each other; smiling and laughing. It’s so important to help each other feel comfortable in our own skin so that we can all reach our full potentials. Activities that embrace our own creativity are so important to this process. At first, we all were apprehensive, but by the end of the workshop everyone was smiling and silly and free to express themselves.

I would just like to thank you for taking the time to put on this workshop for us! I had a blast, and felt like I was four, which is always the best feeling in the world.”

-Nicole Wasko

Arts for Humanity! Brochure





What: First Thursday, free event featuring original art from a variety of artists, including artists with disabilities who create art through Arts for Humanity! programs. Includes live music, refreshments & raffle.

When: Thursday May 1
6:00-8:30 pm

Where: Garden Court
1116 De La Vina



Special Note: Arts for Humanity! has been providing Creative Arts Programs to the residents of Garden Court since 2003.


Art and Technology, Class at Youth Interactive

Learn about Motion graphics – graphics that use video footage and/or animation technology to create the illusion of motion or rotation. Learn how to combine your graphics with use in multimedia projects – like movies, youtube or tv.

  • SIGN UP: Nathalie (805)453-4123 Youth Interactive
  • When: Tues. 5:30-7:30pm 1/21, 2/4, 2/18, 3/4, 3/18, 4/1, 4/15, 4/29, 5/13, 5/27
  • Where: Youth Interactive, 209 Anacapa St.
  • AH! Artist: Mitra Cline, BFA


10 week class Outline

  1. Introduction 1/21 What are motion graphics? Discuss devices, applications, artist, education and job opportunities.
  2. Storyboards 2/4 Create storyboards – graphic organizers in the form of illustrations or images displayed in sequence, for the purpose of pre-visualizing
  3. Storyboards 2/18 Guest: Stew Birbrower, Director (DGA).
  4. Cameras 3/4 Explore cameras. The movie camera, as opposed to a still camera, takes a series of images; each image constitutes a “frame”.
  5. Cameras 3/18 Guest: Kirk Bales (
  6. Animation 4/1 Create an animation.
  7. Animation 4/15 Guest (TBD)
  8. Animation 4/29 Explore the process of creating a continuous motion and shape change illusion by mean of the rapid display of a sequence of static images.
  9. Adobe After Effects 5/13 Explore new tools for motion graphics and visual effects within Adobe After Effects.
  10.  Adobe After Effects 5/27  Guest: Alex Pulido, Media/Production Director at


The art & technology class is presented by Arts For Humanity! Arts for Humanity!’s transformational performing and visual arts programs empower at risk youth, people with disabilities and the elderly. In partnership with talented student interns and local non-profits we work to cultivate creativity in a world where the arts are integral to our lives and accessible to all. This project is funded in part by the Organizational Development Grant Program using funds provided by the City of Santa Barbara in partnership with the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission.

Arts for Humanity! providing Creative Arts Programs to the residents of Garden Court since 2003

New Weekly Expressive Arts Class at PathPoint

PathPoint Flyer 2014

As we approach our sixteenth year, Arts for Humanity! is excited to be celebrating… 2013 Newsletter


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Art and Technology Class at Youth Interactive

Arts for Humanity! at the Boys and Girls Club – Spring 2013

2013 Spring Interns

Photo from Spring Intern Training Class 2013

Interns work with Arts for Humanity! as teachers, artists, photographers, videographers, PR and marketing. Our Internship Program trains local college students as the experience first hand the benefits of the arts in social service. These special students expand their world view as they enrich themselves while changing the lives of others. Contact us to learn more about this program.

About our Interns

Nabra Nelson

I am a Theatre major at UCSB and hope to share the fun, joy, and fulfillment I get from theatre with the students at TWELVE35. I believe that theatre is for everyone because it’s creative, informative, useful, and, perhaps most importantly, fun!

Jenny Hirsohn

I’m a 22-year-old student at Brooks Institute of Photography. I have a passion for art and working with children that is fulfilled through Arts for Humanity!.

Alysha Izoco

I am a third-year Biopsychology major at UCSB.
My goal for my internship work with Arts for Humanity! is to
spread happiness through the form of art.

Hayli Smith

I am 18 years old and a first-year student at UCSB.
Art is something that I have grown up with, and I believe it has the power to
do special things for a community that needs it.
I am so excited to share the various art forms that I love
with the students at the Boys and Girls Club!

Hector Medina

I am a third-year student at UCSB pursuing an art degree.
I am volunteering at Arts for Humanity! because I have experience
helping people with disabilities and now I will have the opportunity to
share my artistic abilities with them.

Hope Curran

I am a freshman at UCSB studying art and global studies.
I compete on the UCSB swimming and diving team and I love the beach.
Photography is my favorite art form and I hope to some day travel the world with
my camera to expose the unexposed!

Katie Edwards

I’m a third-year art major at UCSB.
I’ve always had a great appreciation for art as an outlet for personal expression
and growth. After working with senior residents at Garden Court for my
first wonderful months as an Arts for Humanity! intern, I am very excited to
continue my classes there and to build new relationships with my students at the
Voluntario Housing Authority and SBCC Transition Program.

Krissy Reyes-Ortiz

I’m a third-year English and Theatre major at UCSB.
I can’t wait to share my love of performance art and theatre with
the teens at TWELVE35.

Marina Woodbury

I’m a third-year art major attending UCSB.
I’m interested in painting, writing, and designing and I intend to pursue a career
as a graphic designer. I have been interning for Arts for Humanity! since
my freshman year and I love being able to share my passion for arts.

Paige Rice

I am a third-year student at UCSB double majoring in Global Studies and
Feminist Studies. I have so much love for and many years of experience
with music, theatre, and improv. I am so excited to work with kids and
to help enrich their lives with music, theatre, art, and overall creativity.

Rachel Patsernak

I am a fourth-year Sociology major at UCSB. This will be my second quarter
interning with Arts for Humanity at Garden Court independent living facility.
Following graduation in June, I will be moving to Chicago
to begin graduate school.

Sara Quintanilla

I am a 3rd-year Art Major and Art History Minor at UCSB.
I have been working on campus at A.S. Publications for almost 2 years now.
This coming fall, I will be studying abroad in Australia for a semester and
plan to graduate with my Bachelor’s degree in June 2014. My hobbies are
watching movies, mostly comedy, and I love to go hiking and
doing other outdoorsy activities.

Shannon Hsu

I’m a student, Shakespeare enthusiast, and tea addict currently
studying Communication and Theatre.

Tammy Lee

I’m currently a third-year student at UCSB.
I have an interest in pursuing a career working with young adults with
disabilities, so I’m really excited to be teaching an art class for the San Marcos
High Transition Program. I believe through the power of art, these bright young
people will be able to express themselves and communicate with others in a way
they might have believed wasn’t possible before. I’m so excited to be
working with Arts For Humanity!!

Shelbie Hope Miller

I am an Art Studio and Feminist Studies major completing my third year at the University of California, Santa Barbara. I am interested in art as social justice and have worked primarily with digital and print media to create community, primarily in developing socioeconomic areas. I hope to continue building community through teaching art and working toward achieving a higher artistic presence in the Santa Barbara/Goleta area through my internship with Arts for Humanity!

Creative Theatre and Movement

2012 Newsletter


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AH!’s Spontaneous Theatre Spring Events

Spontaneous Theatre Spring & Summer Events


Theatre of Imagination Workshop

Creative Art Workshop for Kids

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Arts for Humanity! 2011 Holiday Newsletter


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Happy Holidays from Arts for Humanity!

Arts for Humanity! receives the prestigious Jerry Garcia Award of $10,000 for their work with youth and the arts


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September 26, 2011 

Santa Barbara, CAArts for Humanity! was this year’s recipient of the Rex Foundation’s Jerry Garcia Award.  As the recipient of the Jerry Garcia Award, Arts for Humanity received a $10,000 grant.  Arts for Humanity! will use the grant money to support its Community Expressive Arts and Internship Program, providing arts experiences free of charge directly to the clients of non-profit social service agencies. 

“This generous grant comes at a crucial time for theSanta Barbaracommunity and Arts for Humanity! as many arts programs are being cut and losing funding due to the economy.   It is an honor to receive this grant, and we look forward to meeting the needs of the community with our unique arts programs,” said Karsen Lee Gould, founder and director of Arts for Humanity!

“The award honors and supports individuals and groups that work to encourage creativity in young people,” said Sandy Sohcot, Executive Director of the Rex Foundation.   “We believe the work of Arts for Humanity! is just what the Jerry Garcia Award is about.  Arts for Humanity!  celebrates humanity through the arts with programs that cultivate creativity and empower people with developmental disabilities, at-risk youth, the elderly and others in partnership with local artists and theSanta Barbaracommunity. “

Arts for Humanity! supports the community at large by providing ongoing creative arts programming to community organizations as well as public art exhibits and periodic theatre productions.   The aim of the arts programming is to expose the local community to the creative arts of its program participants, while raising community awareness as to the gifts and talents of these valuable community members. Some of the organizations Arts for Humanity! serves include: Boys and Girls Clubs,AlphaResourceCenter, IV Teen Center, Transition House, and more.

The Jerry Garcia Award was created in memory of founding Rex Board member and Grateful Dead guitarist Jerry Garcia.  


Founded in 1997, Arts for Humanity! is aSanta Barbarabased non-profit organization that empowers low income at-risk youth, persons with disabilities, and the elderly through participatory performing and visual arts programs. In partnership with student interns, local artists, and community organizations, Arts for Humanity! cultivates creativity and gives a voice to the underserved while inspiring student youth – our future leaders. Our transformational arts programs cross economic and social divides to make the arts accessible to all. Arts for Humanity! believes in a world where the arts are integral to our lives, where we celebrate both our differences and our commonality through the power of the arts.


The Grateful Dead and friends established the Rex Foundation in 1983 as a non-profit charitable organization. The foundation enabled the Grateful Dead to go beyond responding to multiple requests for contributions, and proactively provide extensive community support to creative endeavors in the arts, sciences, and education.  The foundation aims to help secure a healthy environment, promote individuality in the arts, provide support to critical and necessary social services, assist others less fortunate than ourselves, protect the rights of indigenous people and ensure their cultural survival, build a stronger community, and educate children and adults everywhere.

Arts for Humanity! Outsider Art Exhibit

Arts for Humanity! (AH!) presents “Inside the Outside,”
a traveling Outsider Art Exhibit featuring art created
by artists with disabilities.

“…wonderful talent, very touching.” … “amazing”…
“uncensored, magical” … “marvelous”
…“right from the heart.”

Arts for Humanity! at  il fustino

Come experience the sensitive, innovative artwork of these gifted individuals at this fine family owed business and gallery.

Join Arts for Humanity! for a wine and cheese gathering at il fustino, November 30th, Wednesday 6-8pm. Learn more about the exhibit and this lovely shop at:

A little about Arts for Humanity! (AH!) Founded in 1997, Arts for Humanity!, a local non-profit, empowers low income at-risk youth, persons with disabilities, and the elderly through participatory performing and visual arts programs. In partnership with talented interns, local artists, and community organizations, Arts for Humanity! cultivates creativity and gives a voice to the underserved while also inspiring student youth. Our transformational arts programs and events fill the gaps in community services by providing opportunities that facilitate creative expression for the diverse members of our community. Arts for Humanity! believes in a world where the arts are integral to our lives and accessible to all – where we celebrate both our differences and our commonality through the power of the arts.