Thank you for making your way to this page as an Arts Fund Supporter!
For our Art-ober Challenge, we are asking each one of our 1647 Instagram followers to donate $25 so that we could raise $41,175 in one month for the arts.
We want to give you a quick look into what that means. Since May of 2020, we’ve held 5 virtual e-Mentorships that connected four working artists with over 50 students from all over Santa Barbara County. Students had the opportunity to participate in a 4-6-week virtual program like Writing Your Way Forward with Cie Gumucio, Creating On-Camera Audition Videos for Performing Arts with Michael Brusasco, Book Cover Design: From Drawing to Oil with Yuliya Lennon (we had so many applicants for Yulia’s program that we added a second session!), and Online Singer’s Stage: Beginner-Level Singing Instruction with Chad Ruyle. This gave our students a taste of what it’s like to be a working artist, a chance to build their technical skills, and the opportunity to work on portfolios they can use for scholarship opportunities, college applications, and more.
$25—or whatever you can give; can make it possible for us to run this entire program next year, and continue to nurture student artists in Santa Barbara as they flourish under their mentors.
I’d love for you to join the Arts Fund fam, and I’m looking forward to getting to know you because I’ll be reaching out personally to those who donate. We hope you will help spread the word - and use the hashtag, #fromtheheART to show the art love!
-- Jamie Dufek
Board President & Interim Executive Director