¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! Connects With Culture

¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! brings free music and dance representing important traditions to neighborhood venues, schools and community organizations throughout Santa Barbara County, allowing children and families to see cultural performances.

A consortium of the Marjorie Luke Theatre, the Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center, Isla Vista School and UCSB Arts & Lectures envisioned in 2005, Viva reached 4,000 in its fi rst year; in the most recent season, more than 17,000 children and adults enjoyed a Viva connection.

boat Each Viva weekend is different with a schedule tailored to the artists’ gifts and local interests. A typical weekend includes eight daytime assemblies and workshops as well as three free family performances at Isla Vista School, the Theater Royal in Guadalupe, and the Marjorie Luke Theatre, followed by receptions where the artists sign autographs and talk with the audience.

There are several key elements to Viva’s program. First, bilingual coordinators with special connections in each community serve as the faces of the program and work with volunteers to host the events. Second, the artists represent traditions of immense value in exploring and sharing cultural identity. And fi nally, with performances in neighborhood venues, Viva makes high-quality cultural events uniquely accessible.

The 2011-12 lineup will include Valente Pastor, Oct. 21-23; Los Soneros del Tesechoacán, Jan. 20-22, 2012; Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, March 23-25, 2012; and the Grandeza Mexicana Folk Ballet Company, April 20-22, 2012.

Performances will begin at 7 p.m. Fridays at Isla Vista School, 6875 El Colegio Road in Goleta (805-893-4979); at 7:30 p.m. Saturdays in the auditorium at Guadalupe City Hall, 918 Obispo St. in Guadalupe (805-343-2939); and at 7 p.m. Sundays in the Marjorie Luke Theatre at Santa Barbara Junior High School, 721 E. Cota St. in Santa Barbara (805-884-4087, ext. 7).

Guests will be invited to talk to the artists and take photos at receptions after each concert. Doors will open a half-hour before the shows start.

¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! is funded by the James Irvine Foundation and the National Endowment for the Arts with additional support from the Santa Barbara Foundation, the Incredible Children’s Art Network, the UCSB Offi ce of Education Partnerships, the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission, the Marjorie Luke Theatre’s Dreier Family Rent Subsidy Fund and several business sponsors.