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26th Annual Teen Arts Mentorship Exhibition- Community Gallery Exhibit

Updated: Oct 21, 2019

On display Friday September 20, 2019 — October 18, 2019

The Arts Fund is excited to announce the opening reception of the 26th Annual Teen Arts Mentorship Exhibition on Friday, September 20th from 5-8pm at The Arts Fund Community Gallery, during The Arts Fund’s Funk Zone Art Walk™. Refreshments will be available! The show will remain on view until October 18th. Regular gallery hours are Thursday-Sunday from 12-5pm. The exhibition and reception is free and open to the public.

TAME features work from 20 young artists from South Santa Barbara County that have participated in The Arts Fund’s 2019 Teen Arts Mentorship Program workshops, including “Self Expression through Painting” with Demi Boelsterli, “Fine Art As A Career Choice: Oil Painting” with Yulia Lennon, “Printmaking; Activism!” with Barbara Leung Larson, “Alternative Process Photography” with Joyce Wilson, and “What’s Next? College and Career Prep” with Jamie Dufek.

Students represent a range of schools throughout South Santa Barbara County, including Laguna Blanca, Dos Pueblos High, Santa Barbara High, Santa Barbara Middle School, San Marcos High, Bishop Diego, and Carpinteria Middle School.

The Arts Fund sincerely thanks our supporters of the Teen Arts Mentorship Program: The Ann Jackson Family Foundation, Anonymous, Johnson Ohana Foundation, Looker Foundation, Santa Barbara County Arts Commission, Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture, Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation, The Roy & Ida Eagle Foundation, Mary Dee Thompson, The Towbes Foundation, the Wood Claeyssens Foundation, The Simon Foundation, Santa Maria Parks and Rec, Mayor’s Task Force on Youth Safety, Lisa Crane, Joan Sanger, and the Hutton Parker Foundation.


Initiated in 1993 with a three-year grant from the Irvine Foundation, the Teen Arts Mentorship Program is an in-depth arts enrichment 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 Program 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.

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