KEYT Youth Interactive Art | Youth mural project returns to Santa Barbara waterfront

SANTA BARBARA, Calif. - The Youth Interactive program has unveiled its Postcards from Santa Barbara project along Cabrillo Boulevard.    The 16 panels are now up on the green fencing surrounding the future home of a Parker family hotel project at the corner of Calle Cesar Chavez.

The art murals had previously been up on the walls around State and Mason Streets. They were taken down for the La Entrada hotel and retail project.   Recently a suggestion, followed by a meeting with the Parker family, led to the relocation of the art at the new location.

Members of the Arts Commission, artists involved in the project, Mayor Helene Schneider and the La Boheme Professional dancers took part in an unveiling over the weekend.

The youth art was created with the help of mentors including David Diamant who was on hand for the event. He urged the community to support the non profit art organization because of the creative work he has seen local young people produce, and the benefits to their lives by staying in the program.

The murals depict Santa Barbara scenes including the waterfront, downtown, vintage images like the Flying A studios and a shark.

It's expected to be an area for local residents and tourists to not only view the art, but also pose for memorable pictures.

Nathalie Gensac / Youth Interactive

Towned welcomes very dynamic guest Nathalie Gensac who runs Youth Interactive to the studios beneath the Balboa Building. The Youth Interactive program has an emphasis on social change through the arts and entrepreneurship. "I believe - it’s great to teach art, but a stronger social change happens when you empower youth by teaching them how they can earn income through their passion of the arts. So that instead of doing a dead end job and art on the side, they are given the tool sets to earn a living doing what they love forever - then work is no longer work and life is a positive joy - I think that really encapsulates Youth Interactive." - Nathalie Gensac


October 11 – Youth Interactive 2nd Annual Benefit Concert

Support Youth Interactive at the 2nd Annual Benefit Concert featuring Michael McDonald and Ambrosia. Five-time Grammy Award-winner and Santa Barbara resident McDonald began his career singing back-up vocals with Steely Dan and was a member of The Doobie Brothers. His first solo album, If That’s What It Takes, released in 1982, featured the hit “I Gotta Try.” In 2008, McDonald released his SoulSpeak album and began touring with Donald Fagen and Boz Scaggs, known as The Dukes of September Rhythm Revue.