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Volunteer Spotlight: Stephen Duneier

Over the past month, Stephen Duneier, also known as the Yarnbomber, has been generously volunteering his time to support several of Youth Interactive’s youth programs, and we would like to use this space to thank him for his hard work and dedication in support of our mission. It has been wonderful having Stephen share his experiences and expertise as a self-taught artist with our young artists and entrepreneurs who are so eager to learn from him.

While it was inspiring to all of us at Youth Interactive to hear his life story and philosophy, Stephen has gone the extra mile to support two of our youth programs in specific efforts. Social media and word-of-mouth buzz have been integral to the magic of his artworks in the field, so the YI Creative Studio social media and communications team have engaged him to mentor their work. As our t-shirt design and screen-printing team, formerly known as Havok, seeks to re-brand themselves, they have also sought advice from Stephen. His work here has been invaluable, and we hope to have him in the center for many more Saturdays to come!

We are not the only group excited about Stephen’s work lately. Earlier this month, Stephen and his work were featured in Newsweek; read “The Guerrilla Art of the Yarn Bomb Goes Natural” to learn more about his work. Also, be sure to visit his site, Yarnbomber.com, to see some striking images of his pieces and the labor that went into each project. We hope these reads make you want to see him at work at Youth Interactive - or to hike into the hills around Santa Barbara in search of his next project!

(Photo credit Stephen Duneier, Yarnbomber.com)

Ridiculous Dreams, Beautiful Walls

Last weekend, the YI Creative Studio had a great afternoon meeting with Stephen Duneier, better known as the Yarnbomber, talking about his dreams, art, and accomplishing the ridiculous.

“I’ve had a lifetime of ridiculous dreams, and done everything I could to make them happen,” he told the YI Creative Studio team. This semester, he has generously donated his time to work with our artists and interns to build their presence online and in our community within Santa Barbara.

Check out Stephen’s work online at Yarnbomber.com - or hike into the mountains around Santa Barbara to see them in person!

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The gallery team enjoyed a respite outside checking out Zio Ziegler’s mural on Reds down the street. Zio’s mural is stunning, and our artists were excited to watch and learn from him as he worked. The work behind the scenes was typical of the collaborative efforts to make the Funk Zone a hotbed of creativity: Marcello Ricci and the Santa Barbara Arts Fund as well as a grant from the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission made the invite to Zio possible and secured funding for the mural, and the art could not have been realized without the wall donated by Reds, which has been home to so many great works of art.

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The collaborative art continues this weekend with a group show at Gone Gallery. Their new show, Made You Look, opens tomorrow night, Friday, March 6 from 5:00-8:00 pm. Several of the artists in the show have volunteered their time and expertise as mentors at Youth Interactive, including Skye Gwilliam, David Diamant, and Danny Meza. In all, the show features over one dozen artists, and they are all helping make the Funk Zone the most creative space in Santa Barbara.

Connecting with the Community: Partners in Education & Living Local

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Last week, Youth Interactive attended the San Marcos High School Community Service Fair, which was organized and run by Partners in Education. We brought samples of work produced by our youth groups, asked students about what they wanted to see from the first youth-led gallery and shop in the Funk Zone, and asked how they wanted to help make those goals come true.

Through events like this, Partners in Education helps creative and entrepreneurial students from across Santa Barbara County get involved in our programming. Our youth-led businesses truly would not be the same without them. Partners also helps us connect with the talented volunteers that keep our center running smoothly. The first step to get involved with us - or with any other organization working with students in our community - is to sign up with Partners in Education today!

The event also gave us the chance to catch up with Gail Kvistad, host of Living Local Santa Barbara, a show that highlights local organizations that are integral to the fabric of Santa Barbara and doing good in our community. Gail visited Youth Interactive in the fall and interviewed our youth to learn more about the wonderful work they do. You can watch the Living Local segment on Youth Interactive at Living Local Santa Barbara’s Facebook page. We are so grateful that Gail and Living Local gave us and our youth the opportunity to tell our story, and we look forward to many more chances to connect with our community - whether on television or in high school courtyards!

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Thank you for helping make our Valentine’s Day a special one! Youth Interactive’s Creative Studio held its second opening on Saturday, with three hours of live music, food, and art. We were overwhelmed by your turnout and support for the Funk Zone’s first youth-led gallery.

This Saturday, the team will resume planning their next big projects, including another Funk Zone mural. Stay tuned for more details!

And if you couldn’t make it to last weekend’s show, stop by and check out our new art, Funk Zone apparel, handmade bags, pillows, and more! Our shop is open Tuesdays through Saturdays, from noon through 5:00.

Tonight, our young artists get recognized for their amazing work at the Santa Barbara Beautiful annual awards presentation. Not ones to rest on their laurels, they are feverishly preparing for the upcoming Youth Interactive gallery opening, on October 18. Below, artists critique their pieces for the show, “Cartoons that have impacted your life.”

After-school programming began at the center this week, with first meetings for Pier Pressure Design, Team Biscotti, and Havok Apparel. Five students in Team Biscotti earned their California Foodhandlers certifications (and their first bonuses!) before heading to the Westside Neighborhood Center to cook up the first batch of delicious cranberry chocolate biscotti for our sponsors.

Stay tuned for more highlights from the rests of our programs!

July 27th is sure to be a memorable day here in Santa Barbara with some legendary musicians and an amazing community coming together to support Youth Interactive!
We are incredibly excited to be hosting San Francisco’s incredible talent Yassou Benedict at our Block Party Fundraiser! This new, extremely talented group is sure to blow your mind and push your creative experience further with their poetic musical styling; check out the latest!

And don’t forget to get your tickets!!!

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/michael-mcdonald-rock-n-roll-royalty-benefit-for-youth-interactive-tickets-11393368873

Benefit concert of the year!   
   FUNK ZONE   
   SANTA BARBARA, Calif.   
     On July 27 th , Youth Interactive will be hosting a once in a lifetime benefit concert experience, performances by legendary Grammy winning artists, a silent & live auction, live art and the opportunity to enjoy the VVIP complimentary drinks Lounge and A VVIP Post concert intimate dinner with Music royalty catered by The Lark. 100% of the proceeds will benefit Youth Interactive SB so that together as a community we can continue to encourage Creative entrepreneurship through the arts for the youth of Santa Barbara County     
  The FUNK ZONE concert of the year is a unique santa Barbara community VIP block party that will kick off on 27 th  July at noon with…  
     San Fransisco Base breakout talent Yassou Benedict, Dylan McDonald and the Avians who will be flying in from Nashville for the event, the amazing   Ambrosia  , and of course   Michael McDonald & his legendary rock ‘n roll friends!!!  
  This ticketed event is now open to the public of the ages 21+. The Benefit will also include live painting by the artists and mentors of Youth Interactive; a silent auction; an event shopping area; live auction and presentation by Youth Interactive students and refreshments Available from our tent and local vendors.   

   LIMITED TICKETS   

   $1,000.00   
  The VVIP package includes all day access to all areas plus; Exclusive access to the VVIP complimentary drinks lounge, prime concert seating in private front of stage section, red carpet, silent auction cocktail hour and an after concert backstage five course intimate dinner with Amy & Michael McDonald and music legends catered by The Lark  
   $250.00   
  The VIP package includes all day access to all areas plus; prime concert seating, red carpet, a silent auction cocktail hour, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, and all day access to the VVIP complimentary drinks lounge.     
   $100.00   
  The music package includes concert seating and all day access to the live painting Area by the artists and mentors of Youth Interactive, access to the silent auction, event shopping area and drinks tent.     
   $75.00   

  The diehard music package includes standing concert tickets and all day access to the live painting Area by the artists and mentors of Youth Interactive, access to the silent auction, event shopping area and drinks tent.  
  Don’t miss the event of the summer!  
   BOOK NOW:      
   https://www.eventbrite.com/e/michael-mcdonald-rock-n-roll-royalty-benefit-for-youth-interactive-tickets-11393368873   
      

Benefit concert of the year!

FUNK ZONE

SANTA BARBARA, Calif.

 On July 27th, Youth Interactive will be hosting a once in a lifetime benefit concert experience, performances by legendary Grammy winning artists, a silent & live auction, live art and the opportunity to enjoy the VVIP complimentary drinks Lounge and A VVIP Post concert intimate dinner with Music royalty catered by The Lark. 100% of the proceeds will benefit Youth Interactive SB so that together as a community we can continue to encourage Creative entrepreneurship through the arts for the youth of Santa Barbara County 

The FUNK ZONE concert of the year is a unique santa Barbara community VIP block party that will kick off on 27th July at noon with…

 San Fransisco Base breakout talent Yassou Benedict, Dylan McDonald and the Avians who will be flying in from Nashville for the event, the amazing Ambrosia, and of course Michael McDonald & his legendary rock ‘n roll friends!!!

This ticketed event is now open to the public of the ages 21+. The Benefit will also include live painting by the artists and mentors of Youth Interactive; a silent auction; an event shopping area; live auction and presentation by Youth Interactive students and refreshments Available from our tent and local vendors.

LIMITED TICKETS

$1,000.00

The VVIP package includes all day access to all areas plus; Exclusive access to the VVIP complimentary drinks lounge, prime concert seating in private front of stage section, red carpet, silent auction cocktail hour and an after concert backstage five course intimate dinner with Amy & Michael McDonald and music legends catered by The Lark

$250.00

The VIP package includes all day access to all areas plus; prime concert seating, red carpet, a silent auction cocktail hour, complimentary hors d’oeuvres, and all day access to the VVIP complimentary drinks lounge. 

$100.00

The music package includes concert seating and all day access to the live painting Area by the artists and mentors of Youth Interactive, access to the silent auction, event shopping area and drinks tent. 

$75.00

The diehard music package includes standing concert tickets and all day access to the live painting Area by the artists and mentors of Youth Interactive, access to the silent auction, event shopping area and drinks tent.

Don’t miss the event of the summer!

BOOK NOW: 

https://www.eventbrite.com/e/michael-mcdonald-rock-n-roll-royalty-benefit-for-youth-interactive-tickets-11393368873

  

We had an incredible time at the Urban Wine Trail summer celebration last Sunday! We are pleased to announce that all 22 original pieces of artwork sold! 11 of our student artists made this awesome collaboration happen and their hard work and talent paid off! The proceeds will go directly to the Youth Interactive and our young artists. Major thanks to Ryan Carr of Carr Winery for making it all happen and we are so happy to have been apart of such a fun event! Thanks again Santa Barbara for continuing to support our artist community and help encourage us to grow! Check out these photos of the artists with their paintings and their buyers! 

We had an incredible time at the Urban Wine Trail summer celebration last Sunday! We are pleased to announce that all 22 original pieces of artwork sold! 11 of our student artists made this awesome collaboration happen and their hard work and talent paid off! The proceeds will go directly to the Youth Interactive and our young artists. Major thanks to Ryan Carr of Carr Winery for making it all happen and we are so happy to have been apart of such a fun event! Thanks again Santa Barbara for continuing to support our artist community and help encourage us to grow! Check out these photos of the artists with their paintings and their buyers! 

Solimar Biscotti has finished their term strong! It has been awesome watching the team grow into the amazing entrepreneurs they are. Now that they have obtained their certified food handlers permits, nutrition labels, and ingredient lists ,their products are ready to hit the shelves! Stop by Youth Interactive and pick up a bag of these tasty treats! 

Solimar Biscotti has finished their term strong! It has been awesome watching the team grow into the amazing entrepreneurs they are. Now that they have obtained their certified food handlers permits, nutrition labels, and ingredient lists ,their products are ready to hit the shelves! Stop by Youth Interactive and pick up a bag of these tasty treats!