This past weekend, Youth Interactive was honored to receive Santa Barbara Beautiful’s (SBB) award in architectural feature for the penny wall at the Lucky Penny. SBB also recognized our young artists for the successful partnership in public art projects. Founder Nathalie Gensac and Youth Interactive's Alex Torres, Danny Meza, Jonathan Hernandez, Matthew McClellan, Mitra Cline, and Toby Trauntvein attended the awards ceremony at the Music Academy of the West on Sunday, September 28th.
The evening began with a reception in the garden, where members of the Youth Interactive team gave a red carpet interview about their experiences partnering with Santa Barbara Beautiful to create a beautiful square of chalk art during May’s I Madonnari festival.
That work, which featured Saint Barbara surrounded by roses, proved so popular that Kate Kurlas, President of Santa Barbara Beautiful, commissioned Youth Interactive to create a version on canvas. The resulting painting, created by Danny Meza, was prominently displayed for all guests to see at the entrance of the ceremony. Long after the original chalk square fades, this beautiful painting will be on display for the next year at the Granada, where Kurlas is Director of Operations.
Youth Interactive is proud to collaborate with Santa Barbara Beautiful. SBB is an organization of volunteers dedicated to beautifying our area in a variety of ways. They work independently as well as cooperate with neighborhood associations, city departments, and other agencies. Formed in 1965 by concerned civic leaders, Santa Barbara Beautiful is a nonpolitical, non-profit corporation. For more information about SBB visit their website.