OUR TEAM

"A SMALL TEAM, COMMITTED TO A CAUSE BIGGER THAN THEMSELVES, 

CAN ACHIEVE ABSOLUTELY ANYTHING."

-SIMON SINEK​

The Arts Fund could not carry out it's mission without the talented staff, volunteers and board of directors. 

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Kate Dalforno (she/her), Social Media Coordinator

Kate was born and raised in Santa Barbara and is now a 3rd year student at Pepperdine University studying Art and Marketing. All throughout high school Kate was heavily involved in the Arts Fund, participating in four years of teen mentorships. The Arts Fund not only fostered her passion to pursue art, but also helped her gain valuable, professional experience in the field. She has played violin for 11 years, as well as pre-professionally studied ballet for 15 years. In her free time Kate enjoys playing soccer, spending time in the ocean, and playing with her two dogs. 

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Terra Cobian (they/them), Program Manager

Terra Cobian (they/them) was born and raised in Santa Barbara, and is a product of how the Arts Fund truly helps artists. They had the privilege of being a part of the Teen Arts Mentorship Program when they were in high school, and in 2021 had the honor of teaching photography through Studio 2 Student to youth over zoom in the midst of the pandemic. Outside of the Arts Fund, they are a photographer, curator, educator, painter, and manages the Melanin Gallery, Santa Barbara’s first semi-permanent art space to center Black artists, which is in partnership with Healing Justice of Santa Barbara and the Arts Fund. 

 

Terra’s heart lies with providing art based opportunity for minority groups especially the youth, LGBTQIA+, the Black community, and other people of color. They believe that art is activism!

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Jamie Dufek (she/her), Acting Executive Director

Jamie Dufek has been serving on the board of the Arts Fund since 2015. A native Minnesotan, she earned a BA in Studio Art and holds a MBA with a specific focus in nonprofit management and corporate social responsibility. Currently she works for TIGER 21, a membership organization for successful, high-net worth entrepreneurs and has her own consulting business for non-profits focused on fundraising and board cultivation.

 

Jamie's passion is centered around service and community, and currently serves as  Communications Chair for The Women's Fund and also serves on the board of A Different Point of View. Jamie is a mixed media and print artist and teaches art classes on the West Side with students K-12. 

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