Ethan Turpin's Burn Cycle: Living with Fire Exhibit

Ethan Turpin will be our Fall 2019 Artist in Residence.

Ethan's Burn Cycle: Living with Fire Exhibit opens in Santa Barbara this week. The exhibition is a series of immersive and interactive multimedia exhibits and workshops focused on growing the public’s understanding of wildfire.

The exhibit will open April 11 - 20, 2019, at the Santa Barbara Community Arts Workshop, 631 Garden Street in Santa Barbara. Burn Cycle is a collaborative production between artists, scientists, fire services, journalists, and educators that creates awe-inspiring experiences and provides science-based information via data visualizations and engaging video content. The exhibit is free and open to the public. Click here to learn more.


Short Edition Short Story Dispenser Debuting at The Santa Barbara Public Market

photo by John Ogilvie

photo by John Ogilvie

The Squire Foundation, in partnership with the Santa Barbara Public Market, is pleased to introduce the Short Edition Short Story Dispenser to the Santa Barbara community.

The dispenser will be available at the Santa Barbara Public Market for an entire year, beginning April 2, 2019.

April 2nd at 2:30 there will be a ribbon cutting ceremony free and open to the public with Sarah Rubin York Executive Director of the SB Arts & Culture, Ashley Hollister Executive Director of The Squire Foundation , Marge Cafareli Owner of the Santa Barbara Public Market, and SB’s newly inducted Poet Laureate 2019 Laure-Anne Bosselaar reading short stories.

This new public resource coincides with April Poetry Month.

The Squire Foundation is a private operating foundation dedicated to creative empowerment through the arts in Santa Barbara County. We identify and develop creative projects that are free to the public, through our support and in partnership with partners in the community.

The Santa Barbara Public Market, located at 38 West Victoria Street & Chapala, is a contemporary urban marketplace offering locally & regionally sourced food, wine, and beer. Nestled in the thriving performing and cultural arts district of downtown Santa Barbara, the Public Market is Santa Barbara's premiere dining destination for locals and visitors alike. With such a diverse collective of merchants under one roof, the Santa Barbara Public Market offers a truly unique experience to dine, drink, gather and host special events.

Short Edition is a French community publisher of short-form literature that in the past year has installed over 30 Short Story Dispensers in the United States alone - in major universities, government offices, restaurants, transportation hubs and many other places where people gather (

These dispensers represent an innovative concept in the dissemination of literature to the general public, and a wonderful new addition to the cultural footprint of Santa Barbara.

A Short Story Dispenser works like a free vending machine - it is shaped like a cylinder with three buttons on it's console that lets the user select a short story of varying lengths. When a button is chosen, the dispenser prints a randomly selected story onto a strip of eco-friendly paper. The stories printed are generated from an online literature platform maintained by Short Edition with over 9,000 authors (maintenance includes wireless content and software updates). Owners of dispensers can customize their content through an online dashboard, which provides real-time monitoring of each dispenser (statistics by site, paper consumption and monitoring of use).

Local writers will be included in this customized database, and authors selected sign a contract with Short Edition, enabling them to receive royalty payments. Our plans are to conduct writing contests in conjunction with local schools and outreach programs.

In 2018, Squire resolved to buy and operate this creative resource with business and community partners in Santa Barbara, with an initial purchase of one dispenser by January 2019 (with plans to add a bilingual Dispenser by 2020. At the time of purchase, a Spanish language option was not yet available).

Squire believes this project creatively addresses core issues of adult/child literacy, support for the arts, technology, and public wellness. It has the potential to be a portable, permanent source of free short-form literature for thousands of people in our local community.

Squire is very excited to partner with the Santa Barbara Public Market on this project. SBPM’s forward looking attitude to the use of public space in our community is an inspiration and is an admirable model for creating public wellness in our local business environments.

For more information, please contact:
Jana Brody,

Morris B. Squire Sculptures at Corazón del Pueblo in Santa Maria

One of the five sculptures at their new home at Corazón del Pueblo.

One of the five sculptures at their new home at Corazón del Pueblo.

Corazón del Pueblo, Cultural and Creative Arts Center of the Santa Maria Valley recently celebrated the grand opening at their 124 W. Main St. Suite E. location. Five of Morris B. Squire's sculptures now have a new home in the Corazón del Pueblo garden.

Press release from Corazón del Pueblo:
On Sunday March 31, Corazón del Pueblo, Cultural and Creative Arts Center of the Santa Maria Valley, will be celebrating their grand opening at their 124 W. Main St. Suite E. location, with a day of live music, dance, poetry, and visual art.

Image from the Grand Opening on March 31st, 2019

Image from the Grand Opening on March 31st, 2019

The inaugural ceremony will take place at 12:15pm with a welcoming and ribbon cutting from the Chamber of Commerce to commemorate the grand opening of Corazón del Pueblo’s mission to promote creative expression in the performing, visual, and literary arts, and to celebrate community and culture.

“We are excited to showcase the rich history of the Santa Maria Valley, while also making its people aware of the lasting impact Cesar Chavez made in the Central Coast,” says Director, Alma Hernandez.

The inaugural ceremony will be followed by live performances by local bands Gator Jam and Suave, poetry readings by Jeremiah Frederick Hernandez and Fong Tran, a live mural painting by students from the POR VIDA program, and a traveling collection of photos taken by Manuel Echavarria titled, “Viva La Causa!”, an exhibit commemorating the struggles and triumphs of Central Coast laborers as they fought for better pay and working conditions. The exhibit is made possible by the Robert E. Kennedy Library, Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, and will be on display for the public from March 31 to April 21, 2019.

In addition to the grand opening, Corazón del Pueblo will unveil the Squire Garden Sculptures created by Morris B. Squire, an American psychologist and hospital administrator, as well as a fine artist and sculptor whose career spanned over 50 years. In 2009, Squire founded the Morris B. Squire Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to fostering creative empowerment through the arts. The exhibit will be on loan and on display at the Corazón del Pueblo location, 124 W. Main St. Suite E. in Santa Maria.

A Sense of a [Future] Ocean Opening Reception

With Earth Month nearly upon us, we invite you to attend a unique exhibition that celebrates one of [Santa Barbara’s] most valuable natural assets – oceans – through science-inspired art.

A Sense of a [Future] Ocean is the debut of provocative art installations by two acclaimed artists, Skye Moret and Ozge Samanci, who are using their talents in data-driven design and media arts, respectively, to inspire visions of and actions toward desirable futures for our oceans. The event will take place on Sunday, March 31st from 6:00pm to 9:00pm at SBCAST (513 Garden St. Santa Barbara).

Moret and Samanci are currently artists in residence at The Squire Foundation and the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS), a research center at UC Santa Barbara. Through an innovative partnership between these two organizations, artists and environmental scientists are able to meet, learn from each other, and apply out-of-the-box thinking to their work. The intended results are not just inspiring artwork but also news ways of answering some of our most pressing environmental questions.  

This exhibition will provide you an opportunity to meet these artists and learn how collaborations between artists and scientists can help lead us toward a desirable future for oceans and people.

Women in Science Photo Exhibition at MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation

A new limited-time photo exhibition called “Women in Science” opens this week at MOXI, The Wolf Museum of Exploration + Innovation, and it aims to spotlight the powerful, female minds behind cutting-edge scientific research happening locally and globally. Thanks to a unique collaboration between The Squire Foundation, the National Center for Ecological Analysis and Synthesis (NCEAS) at UC Santa Barbara and MOXI, this collection of portraits and audio stories, captured by artist Nicole Berry, will be on display in the Exploration Hall gallery at the museum beginning Saturday, February 23.

Artist Roundtable with Claremont Graduate University's Squire Travel Grant Recipient

On January 24, 2019, the Squire Foundation hosted one of our unique luncheons at our Executive Director's Residence.

The Squire Foundation hosted Dr. Amy Shimshon-Santo, Associate Director of Sotheby's Institute of Art at Claremont Graduate University, and Alma Catalan, graduate student and recipient of the Squire Travel Grant. The Squire travel grant will enable Ms. Catalan to participate in the 2019 arts management study abroad program to Cape Town. Ms. Catalan grew up in Boyle Heights, and welcomes her first international travel opportunity that will connect her with artists and arts managers in South Africa.

In Honor of the 50th Anniversary of the Santa Barbara Oil Spill

In the morning hours of January 28, 1969 a blowout on an offshore oil platform in the Santa Barbara Channel set in motion a series of events that sparked legislation, movements, and change. The three million gallons of oil that spewed into the Santa Barbara Channel was the largest oil spill off America’s coast at the time and now ranks third after only the Exxon Valdez (1989) and Deepwater Horizon (2010) spills and it remains the largest to have occurred in the waters off California.

Toni Scott Exhibiting at the Arts Fund

Toni Scott painting

Toni Scott, Squire Foundation Artist in Residence alumna (October, 2019), will be exhibiting in a four person show, Sisyphean Justice, at the Arts Fund this month. All of Toni’s pieces in the show were created during her residency with The Squire Foundation.

Opening Reception January 18th from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m during the Funk Zone Art Walk

From the Arts Fund:

The Arts Fund is pleased to announce the opening of Sisyphean Justice, an exhibition of four multidisciplinary local artists focusing on social justice, mental health and identity, curated by Kevin Claiborne. A reception will be held at The Arts Fund Community Gallery on Friday, January 18, 2019 from 5-8pm during the Funk Zone Art Walk. Sisyphean Justice will feature work by Matt Brown, Kevin Claiborne, Elisa Ortega and Toni Scott.

The Greek myth of Sisyphus references a cruel king punished with rolling a heavy stone up a hill only for it to fall once reaching the top, forcing him to begin again, repeating this cycle for eternity. In similar fashion, the fight for justice and freedom can be quite laborious, seemingly endless, and possibly futile. When fighting for justice, what are the effects on one’s mental sanity, social life, identity development, and spiritual health? Is justice even truly possible to obtain if the definition continuously evolves? Sisyphean Justice, curated by Kevin Claiborne, contains the work of four multidisciplinary artists utilizing various mediums to convey the resilience, resolve, and resistance necessary when communities, particularly those that are disenfranchised or marginalized, find themselves striving for justice, however hopeless the task. The common denominator between artists Matt Brown, Kevin Claiborne, Elisa Ortega, and Toni Scott lies in the fact that each of them uses their art to analyze and dissect various aspects of the human condition with the goal to empower diverse communities and ultimately create progressive social change. - Kevin Claiborne, Curator

The exhibition will be on view until March 1, 2019 at The Arts Fund Community Gallery, located at 205-C Santa Barbara Street, Santa Barbara, CA 93101. Regular gallery hours are Thursday- Sunday from 12pm to 5pm and Monday through Wednesday by appointment only.

The exhibition is free and open to the public.