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25th Anniversary Teen Arts Mentorship Exhibition

Updated: Oct 11, 2018

Opening Reception Friday, September 21 from 5-8pm

During The Arts Fund's Funk Zone Art Walk

Exhibition Friday, July 20th through Friday, September 7th

The Arts Fund is excited to announce the opening of our 25th Anniversary Teen Arts Mentorship Exhibition. A public reception will be held on the evening of Friday, September 21st from 5pm to 8pm during the Funk Zone Art Walk. The exhibition will be held at The Arts Fund Community Gallery, located at 205-C Santa Barbara Street.

The exhibition will feature the work of 28 student artists from South Santa Barbara County that have participated in this year’s summer Teen Arts Mentorship workshops, including Printmaking: Identity & Portraiture with Barbara Larson, Mixed Media & Collage with Rafael Perea, What’s Next?: Career & College Prep with Jamie Dufek andCollage & 3-D Construction with Susan Tibbles.

Represented in the exhibition are students from 12 schools throughout South Santa Barbara County, including Santa Barbara High, Dos Pueblos, San Marcos, Harding, Marymount, Laguna Blanca, Cornerstone Academy, Firrine Academy, Crane County Day, Santa Barbara Junior High, La Cumbre Junior High and Anacapa School.

The Arts Fund sincerely thanks our partners and supporters of the 2018 Teen Arts Mentorship Program: The Ann Jackson Family Foundation, Anonymous, Williams Corbett Foundation, Ian M. Hassett Foundation, Clay and Adrienne Gibson, Pamela Larsson-Toscher, Pacific Western Bank, Johnson Ohana Foundation, Looker Foundation, Simon Foundation, California Arts Council, Santa Barbara County Arts Commission, Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture, Southern California Edison, Mary Dee Thompson, Towbes Foundation and Wells Fargo.

About the Teen Arts Mentorship Program

Initiated in 1993 with a three-year grant from the Irvine Foundation, the Teen Arts Mentorship Program is an in depth arts enrichment and career development program designed to expose teenaged artists to career paths in the visual, performance, multimedia, and literary arts. Working in small groups of 5-10 with creative professionals in our community, students develop specific art-making skills, learn exhibition techniques, and build strong portfolios, resumes, and professional networks to bolster college applications.

The Teen Arts Mentorship offers classes throughout the year in every media, including photography, drawing, painting, sculpture, printmaking, assemblage, murals, graphic design, creative writing, poetry, filmmaking, theater, and performance art. Our expanded program includes over 15 year-round classes, a new fall session for film and performance arts, and outreach to over 25 schools, and an expanding branch of services to underserved North County communities of Santa Maria, Lompoc, Orcutt and Guadalupe.

About the Arts Fund

The Arts Fund ( was established as a nonprofit in 1983. The organization’s mission is to create, fund and administer programs that foster the arts for the people of Santa Barbara County, to maximize the effectiveness of arts resources, and to nurture collaborative relationships between arts organizations.

Today, we administer 5 core programs, including the Teen Arts Mentorship Program, Public Art Program, Community Gallery, Guest Curator Program and Funk Zone Art Walk.

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Private donations are the essential source of funding for the organization. Please visit to learn about upcoming programs and events or to make a donation to support The Arts Fund.

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