We Have Been Art Bombed

Haylee Heller is a student currently attending Santa Barbara City College. Though she is from Montana, she claims Santa Barbara as her other home as she has fond memories growing up here. 

Haylee Heller is a student currently attending Santa Barbara City College. Though she is from Montana, she claims Santa Barbara as her other home as she has fond memories growing up here. 

After a long week full of emotions, a silver lining has presented itself at Youth Interactive's doorstep.


We noticed something interesting about our bench outside of our center early Friday afternoon. Given the recent ending of the election, we assumed it was someone just leaving something nice on our bench. Within a few hours, we heard someone outside discussing the piece, so we walked out to find the artist of this surprise art piece. Naturally, we asked her what her inspiration was and she told us she wanted to take something that is rarely paid attention to (our bench) and cover it in fingerprints to make up the American flag. Her reasoning was our finger prints make up our identities and those ultimately make this country what it is. The hearts represent how this is a time for all of us to love one another. This piece of art is her catharsis, a great project for her schoolwork, and an impactful message to the community!

We want to thank Haylee for leaving this powerful message at our doorstep. It sends a message that we can all appreciate during this time. Youth Interactive will continue to stand tall in the community as a safe place for all walks of life and help progress toward a compassionate and loving future for everyone. It all begins with love and art.