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 great number of under-served, empowering Santa Barbara’s diverse communities through the arts.
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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.
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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
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!
Arts 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, http://www.davidlitschel.com.
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.”
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