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UCSB Art Professor Kim Yasuda Gets Creative in Encouraging Isla Vista Engagement

originally posted on: Noozhawk by Gina Potthoff
December 26, 2014

Longtime UC Santa Barbara spatial arts professor Kim Yasuda has lived in Isla Vista for nearly a decade, helping to research the area’s issues and hoping to alleviate some of them by incorporating art into the discussion. She’s organized a class that helps host events in the Loop on Fridays, gatherings that incorporate lighting provided by the art scultpure Yasuda poses beside. (Gina Potthoff / Noozhawk photo)

Spending six months away from UC Santa Barbara on sabbatical in Mexico — researching the part art plays in community development — got Kim Yasuda thinking about why she chose to live in Santa Barbara instead of Isla Vista.

After all, the unincorporated area adjacent to UCSB did speak to her curious nature as an artist and as a university professor of spatial studies.

Young college students, poor people and longtime residents made Isla Vista an interesting laboratory where Yasuda could learn and help effect change.

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