Program Descriptions

Arts for Humanity! provides performing and visual arts programs
directly to the participants of local non profit agencies

Community Arts Programs ~ Internship Program ~ Theatre/Dance Productions ~ Events

At the Heart of It

What began as the simple desire to fill an unmet community need has grown into a year-round commitment to bring weekly arts programming directly to under-served marginalized community members. Our public art exhibits, community events, and celebrated theatre/dance productions break through social barriers and raise community awareness about the gifts and talents within our diverse community.

Internship Program

Students from UCSB, SBCC, and Westmont work with Arts for Humanity! as teachers, artists, photographers, videographers, and in PR and marketing. Our interns experience firsthand the benefits of the arts in social service as they expand their world view while changing the lives of others. For information on how to become an AH! Intern, click here.

Community Expressive Arts Programs

Our Community Arts Programs offer interactive arts, such as creative theatre and movement, visual art, music, poetry, and life stories; free of charge to local nonprofits.

Community Events

Arts for Humanity! brings “Spontaneous Theatre” to public events where costumes & props provide a plethora of creative opportunities for Santa Barbara youth.

“Inside the Outside,” Arts for Humanity!’s traveling outsider art show, exhibits art created by artists with disabilities and local youth at Santa Barbara venues.

Community Arts Membership (CAM) Welcome Teachers/Artists

The 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!.

letterCommunity 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.

Prior Programs

Innovative Theatre/Dance Productions

AH! produces Theatre/Dance Productions of original material created through collaborative improvisational process, and performed at venues such as Center Stage Theater and UCSB’s Multicultural Center. AH!’s diversely talented performance troupe, the innovative Blue Moon Players, is composed of actors and dancers with and without disabilities.

Visiting Artists Workshop Series

  • Collage Storybook Workshop with renowned artist and dancer Patricia Purwin
  • Cultural and Improvisational Dance Workshop with Anna Djanbazian Dance Company
  • Creative Theatre and Movement Workshop with AH!’s founder and director Karsen Gould
  • Playback Theatre Workshop with Dr. Cindy Carr and the Ventura Playback theatre
  • Contact Improvisation with international choreographer and teacher Ricardo Morrison
  • Mask making workshop with a distinguished local artist Marcelino Jimenez and Karsen Gould
  • Myth, Movement and Rhythms of Ancient Worlds with internationally acclaimed performer Sharron Rose
  • Dancing Culture, Dancing Spirit – a world dance workshop with dancer and teacher Samone Temkin