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Pianos on State 2023
Applications, are now open, Deadline to apply July 15, 2023 

PIANOS ON STATE is an interactive public art and music experience that takes place each October. We are excitedly getting ready for our 14th year in downtown Santa Barbara!

Open to artists living and working in Santa Barbara or Ventura. 
Applications are open between May 15 - July 15th, 2023

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Each piano becomes its own interactive piece of art as painted by local Santa Barbara artists. The pianos are displayed on designated pads along State Street for the public to play. Every year piano-painting at the Community Arts Workshop is a weekend of artists of all styles and stripes rubbing shoulders, trading tips and information, and making art together. 

As a public art program, this is an opportunity for emerging and professional artists alike to showcase their work through a unique project. Individual artists and collaborative teams are both eligible, though teams must use one application.


Application deadline is July 15, 2023

Summer Solstice Celebration Presents:

The 2023 Summer Solstice Parade

Load in at the Community Arts Workshop starts May 1st!

On June 24th, the 49th Annual Solstice Parade 2023 will begin

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The 49th annual Solstice Parade 2023 will begin at Noon on June 24th at the intersection of Ortega and Santa Barbara Streets. The parade will travel on Santa Barbara Street and end at the Solstice Festival at Alameda park. (Sola Street). 


This year's festival will take place at Alameda Park on Friday June 23rd from 4:00-9:00pm and Saturday June 24th and Sunday June 25th. The festival is free and open to the public and will include a full musical line up both days as well as a variety of food and merchant vendors. A beer and wine garden will be open both days to those 21 & over only. ID's will be checked at the entrance.


The Solstice Workshop opens up at the Community Arts Workshop on May 1st. Solstice is hiring for part time- seasonal paid work. In addition, there are training opportunities for youth and adults, internships /apprenticeships, and Festival workers (June 22-28).


Join the fun & creative team producing the largest arts event in Santa Barbara County. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment. APPLY HERE.


If you would like to participate in the parade by building floats or by walking in the parade please contact us by clicking the button below.

Rich Wilkie Presents:

Eyes of War - Eyes of Hope

A Fundraiser for the Refugees of the Ukrainian War
Reception: Friday, August 18 from 4:00 PM - 8 PM
Viewing: August 15th thru 18th, 10:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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Eyes of War - Eyes of Hope is a fundraiser for the Refugees of the Ukrainian war. The show features the 100 Portraits of Ukrainian Refugees painted by Rich Wilkie and performances by World Dance for Humanity.

All profits from the sales of Art, Food, Beverages and Donations will be given to charitable organizations including Direct Relief, World Dance for Humanity, Ukrainian Women of Santa Barbara, and First Ukrainian Evangelical Baptist Church of Santa Barbara.

For more information

Use the CAW

The CAW collaborates to empower and provide affordable space for art projects of all kinds. Have an idea? Use the CAW.

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The Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative works to maintain the CAW as a "blank canvas" for as wide a diversity of arts uses and users as possible, providing space and collaborating with project initiators to make their ideas a success for the benefit of the broader community, and supporting and cultivating collaborations between artists and arts organizations, community groups, the business community, non-profit organizations and the entire community.

Find out more about how you can use the CAW here: 

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