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¡Viva el Arte! events

“This year’s outstanding recipients are exemplars in their commitment to arts-access and represent decades of achievements in the arts,” said Sandra Gibson, President and CEO of the Association of Performing Arts Presenters (APAP).

As the largest presenter on California’s Central Coast, UCSB Arts & Lectures (A&L) is dedicated to providing accessible arts opportunities to diverse audiences across Santa Barbara County. A&L and its partners the Marjorie Luke Theatre, Guadalupe Cultural Arts & Education Center, and Isla Vista Elementary School founded ¡Viva el Arte de Santa Bárbara! in response to the lack of low-cost programming for Spanish-speaking communities in the County. The program provides Spanish-speaking youth and families in the area with access to exceptional artists through free family night presentations of public performances in targeted neighborhood venues, and educational outreach. Since its inception, the program has served more than 55,000 community members.

¡Viva el Arte! continues on Friday, March 11 with a series of FREE community concerts by the incomparable Mariachi Los Camperos de Nati Cano, led by LA-based mariachi visionary Natividad “Nati” Cano. Performances include Friday, March 11 at 7 PM at Isla Vista Elementary School; followed by Saturday, March 12 at 4 and 7:30 PM at Guadalupe’s City Hall Auditorium; and on Sunday, March 13 at 4 and 7 PM at the Marjorie Luke Theatre at Santa Barbara Jr. High School.

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