Holiday Shopping For Good - Santa Barbara Public Market

The Public Market has been so gracious to allow our youth-led business to sell their goods for the Holiday Season! Although our retail presence is a very special and unique destination in the market, there are many other amazing gifts for the Holidays (their gift baskets are something special) and they are all quite delicious! See below and we hope to see you there!

Public Market & Holiday Shopping For Good!

Let’s be honest, you still have a few things to shop for as we find ourselves in the throws of the Holiday Season.  Is there a better way to find the perfect gift than to ensure your purchase is handmade and helps support youth and the arts?!?

Well, you are in luck!

Youth Interactive will be selling all of our team’s products for 3 WEEKS at the Public Market ( 38 W. Victoria Street).  If you have yet to experience this extraordinarily unique, tasty and beautiful market, please come visit us and see all they have to offer!

Below is an info-graphic of all the events being hosted by the Public Market in December!  SEE YOU THERE!

A BIG Thank You

We could not be more thrilled with the community support for our Michael McDonald & Ambrosia benefit concert, and WE HOPE YOU HAD SO MUCH FUN!

For all of you who pledged a donation during our text-to-donate 15 minutes, you stole the show!  We are incredibly grateful for your generosity!!!

We must take a moment to thank Michael McDonald for his commitment to supporting our mission as well as Ambrosia and Tommy Alexander.  In so many ways, you all rock! Your support means the world to our young entrepreneurs and to us; as we help them take big strides towards reaching their dreams!

Please, stop by and see us at 209 Anacapa St, in the Funk Zone. Hope to see you soon!

Below is a special message for everyone who helped make this event such a success…

A BIG Thank You

With one week past since our celebration at Hotel Indigo Santa Barbara we cannot but gloat, just a little, at the overwhelming positive reception from the community and city visitors!  Our PR team here at Youth Interactive has gone out on the street and interviewed over 70 people about their reactions before and after….THESE MURALS ARE LOVED!

Winning Mural: Matt Rodriguez (above)

There is absolutely NO WAY this could have been a reality without the GENEROSITY of Santa Barbara Beautiful, The Santa Barbara Foundation, The McDonald Boersma Foundation, Santa Barbara Arts Commission in partnership with The City of Santa Barbara and The Ruth and Hal Launders Charitable Trust

If you have not gone to see all the murals in lower state street you MUST take a walk and check ALL of them out :)

We are excited for BIGGER things in come!

Again, THANK YOU SO MUCH to all the individuals and organizations that helped in whichever small or big way to make this a successful project!

See you in the Funk Zone!


On September 5th, 4:00pm at the Indigo Hotel (121 State Street) Mayor Helene Schneider on behalf of the City of Santa Barbara and in collaboration with Youth Interactive (YI), will unveil sixteen 8’ x 6’ murals from the Postcards of Santa Barbara Public Art Mural Project. RSVP by clicking-> HERE


These murals created in the future home of the CAW (pictured above) will serve to beautify the lower block of State Street by covering the construction project which is taking place opposite the Indigo Hotel for one year. Our celebration along with Helene Schneider and patron of YI Michael McDonald will include music from a Mariachi band, canapes and a street celebration with the Santa Barbara community and art enthusiasts. We are also proud to announce the La Boheme Professional Dance Group as part of our street party AND the music of DJ Darla Bea

COME CELEBRATE and please join us in thanking the generous benefactors which made this possible who include Santa Barbara Beautiful, The Santa Barbara County Art Commission, The Santa Barbara Foundation, The Ruth and Hal Launders Charitable Trust and The McDonald Boersma Foundation.



A Perfect Space 4 Art

15 artists; 1 location. The future home of the Community Arts Workshop (CAW), commonly known as “the shed,” has been holding 15 of the 16 murals, and artists, that will be showcased on September 5th in downtown Santa Barbara at the Postcards of Santa Barbara Public Art Celebration!  Artists of all kinds; local, professional, and newcomers have been working side by side in this space.

“It’s inspiring working next to next to such talented people” Kathee Christie explains.


Since artists are in such close proximity to each other, they are constantly inspiring, encouraging and uplifting each other’s artwork. The energy in the building has resulted in some amazing pieces


Galleries In Bloom

Two weeks from today, the Youth Interactive Creative Studio is proud to have its spring art show, Bloom. We would love for each of you to join us at 209 Anacapa Street on Friday, May 1 during the Funk Zone art walk. Our artists have been hard at work creating pieces and remaking our gallery space for their show. Peter Worsley, an artist in Santa Barbara who shares our passion for the community, graciously donated a new hanging system for our gallery space. The team was busy last weekend installing the system, and looks forward to hanging their new works tomorrow! We are also grateful that Village Properties has approved funds for art supplies in support of the upcoming show.

In the coming weeks, we will have more to share regarding our spring art show. In the meantime, stop by our neighbors at the Gone Gallery to see fantastic examples of work by our youth artists. At the end of March, our team painted a mural at Gone Gallery. Inside the gallery, Made You Look’s street art provides plenty of inspiration for our up-and-coming artists. We would like to thank Skye Gwilliam, owner and artist; Marcello Ricci, Program Director at the Arts Fund and curator of the show; and all of the artists involved with the gallery for giving us such a wonderful opportunity. If you haven’t seen our mural or Made You Look yet, be sure to stop by Gone Gallery at 219 Gray Street this weekend!

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!

BBQ BABY! Not only will Sunday be a BLAST, but it will be delicious. Georgia’s Smokehouse has donated a delicious gift basket that is sure to be bone-lickin-good! Thanks you so much!!!!

BBQ BABY! Not only will Sunday be a BLAST, but it will be delicious. Georgia’s Smokehouse has donated a delicious gift basket that is sure to be bone-lickin-good! Thanks you so much!!!!