Blue Sky Center 555 Artist in Residency Exhibition Coming Up!

In April we partnered with the Blue Sky Center for their inaugural artist in residency program, 555 Rural Artist Residency.  In a few short weeks, on July 26th, Blue Sky Center will be coming to Santa Barbara to exhibit the work of the five artists who were in residence, Seeing Rural, Through the Eyes of Visiting Artists in the Cuyama Valley.  The exhibition will be at the Art from Scrap Gallery.  We hope you will join us!

From The Blue Sky Center:
"The Blue Sky Center team invites you to join us in celebrating the completion of our first ever artist residency program in the Cuyama Valley. Generously supported by the Squire Foundation, Santa Barbara County Department of Arts & Culture, and in collaboration with Explore Ecology and the Art From Scrap Creative ReUse Store, we hosted five artist teams for five days in our five Shelton Huts on the Blue Sky Center campus, encouraging artwork made in, with, and about the Cuyama Valley communities. Just a two hour drive north of Los Padres National Forest, the Cuyama Valley is home to three unincorporated townsites and its own school district in the northeast corner of Santa Barbara County. With this exhibit, we invite the Santa Barbara community to learn more about the valley and support the arts in our rural place."


  • Ben Guzman and Angela Wood  // Small Medium Large Productions — Los Angeles CA
  • Noé Montes — Los Angeles CA
  • Tom Gottelier and Bobby Petersen // Designers on Holiday — Los Angeles and Oslo
  • Butchy Fuego — Talkeetna AK
  • Nicole Lavelle — Lagunitas CA
  • RESIDENCY FACILITATOR: Mary Rothilsberger — Palouse WA
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Partnership with Blue Sky Center in New Cuyama, CA

Image courtesy of Blue Sky Center

Image courtesy of Blue Sky Center

We have partnered with Blue Sky Center for a rural Artist in Residency program in New Cuyama, CA.  555 Rural Artist Residency is Blue Sky Center's pilot artist residency program, hosting 5 artists for 5 days in 5 Shelton Huts on the Blue Sky Center campus.  The residency will take place in collaboration with citizen artist and residency facilitator Mary Welcome.

The artists spent this past week in residence at the Blue Sky campus, immersing themselves in the local community.  One artist, Butchy Fuego planned to hike as many trails as time and his legs would allow.  Another artist team, Designers on Holiday, were erecting a bus shelter for the community using reclaimed metal pipes.  We are looking forward to seeing the final result!  To learn more about the other artists and their projects, please visit this page

Mary Welcome, as well as some of the participating artists, will return on July 26th for an opening and reception in Downtown Santa Barbara.  Stay tuned for more details as we get closer to July. 

Also, check out the Blue Sky Center's website to learn more about their organization. 

mage courtesy of Blue Sky Center

mage courtesy of Blue Sky Center

PuppetPalooza Ticket Giveaway Recipients

The Squire Foundation, along with The Léni Foundation, donated tickets to attend PuppetPalooza last weekend to students at Everybody Dance Now!.  Here you will find some of the stories of families enjoying time together.

"Below are some words of thanks from the families who attended the puppet show. It was apparently a huge hit! We are so grateful for your ongoing support of community members and specifically giving our EDN students these opportunities to access the arts." - Kelli Forman (Everybody Dance Now! National Director)

"hank you for the complimentary tickets to this event! We all enjoyed ourselves tremendously and it was exciting to introduce the little ones to such a wide variety of puppetry.  Please enjoy these pictures of my son learning the ropes!  Thank you again for a wonderful event." - Melissa Tramel

"Thank you we had so much fun!" - Anabel Dia

"Thank you so much for the tickets." - Laura Zizumbo

Shakespeare’s Globe Education in Santa Barbara

Today marks the first day of Shakespeare’s Globe Practitioners’ week in Santa Barbara working with local junior high and high schools. Three practitioners from London are here in Santa Barbara as Artists in Residence made possible by the Leni Foundation

Today, practitioner Emmeline Prior led a Teach the Teachers workshop where 25 local high school teachers learn ways to expand and enhance their Shakespeare curriculum, this year Romeo and Juliet. 

Sam Oatley, another Shakespeare’s Globe Practitioner, worked with students from Goleta Valley Junior High who are studying Romeo and Juliet.