Funk Zone Arts District
Where Located between the waterfront and the freeway on the east side of State Street, Santa Barbara's Funk Zone is home to The Arts Fund Gallery. The streets at the perimeter of the Funk Zone are State St, Cabrillo Bl, Garden St and Montecito St.
What A cultural explosion is what locals have called the new vibe in the Funk Zone, and at the epicenter lies The Arts Fund which has been the catalyst in the formation of local business collaboration to keep the arts scene alive and thriving.
An ever growing array of galleries, art studios, wineries, restaurants, home furnishing retailers and other businesses have made the Funk Zone an extremely popular destination for locals and visitors who want a leisurly sampling of local arts, culture, food, and drink.
Says Steven Libowitz of the Montecito Journal, "Art happenings in the Soho-in-the-1970's-like neighborhood near the beach next to Stearns Wharf known as the Funk Zone are growing so exponentially that it's hard to find a weekend alone."
Funk Zone History
The history of the Funk Zone goes back as far as the early 1900's when this eclectic part of town was home to manufacturing and marine companies such as The Lockheed Corporation and the Castagnola Brothers' fishing industry. Just east of State Street, the architectural range of the buildings in the Funk Zone represent an intriguing departure from the red tile roofs that much of Santa Barbara is known for, giving this vibrant district an identity that is elusive yet distinctive all on its own.
Often referred to as the "Cannery Row" of Santa Barbara, the Funk Zone has become a magnet for artists amongst the neighborhood's warehouses, shaping rooms, wine tasting, and other alternative businesses and shops. Since the late 1980's the district has benefited from increasing notice, curiosity and popularity, attracting the likes of artists, wineries, breweries shops, business owners, Santa Barbara locals and tourists who all want to be a part of the Funk Zone scene.