UCSB Arts & Lectures (A&L) is making history! On February 25, A&L will launch its first ever major fundraising effort: Campaign for Arts & Lectures. Its long-term plan seeks to raise $20 million over the course of five years, with the funds being split evenly between a permanent endowment and annual operating costs.
The Campaign will kick off with the UCSB Arts & Lectures Winter Festival—two weeks packed with events, running from February 25–March 10. A&L will provide a wide range of creative entertainment with a little something for everyone, from free events to private receptions for A&L’s benefactors. The festival begins on Monday, February 25, where UCSB’s Campbell Hall will host well-known string theorist, best-selling author and NOVA host Brian Greene. The Winter Festival will then close out on Sunday, March 10, with a performance by Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra and Wynton Marsalis at the Granada Theatre.
Also part of the fundraising effort is the newly-formed Honorary Campaign Committee, made up of an amazing group of artists and thinkers who have participated in A&L in the past: performance artist Laurie Anderson, documentary filmmaker Ken Burns, violinist Sarah Chang, composer Philip Glass, choreographer Bill T. Jones, New York City Ballet artistic director Peter Martins, historian David McCullough, journalist Bill Moyers, poet Mary Oliver, author Amy Tan and journalist Fareed Zakaria.
Dan Burnham, co-chair of the Council for Arts & Lectures, insists that A&L is “essential to the lifeblood of the community.” He says, “I can’t imagine not having Arts & Lectures in our lives. Santa Barbara would still be pretty, but think how dull it would be! None of this, though, happens without broad community support. I urge you to make a gift to sustain and perpetuate this important program for many years to come.”
UCSB Arts & Lectures is such a vital part of the cultural life of our community. If you have ever attended a lecture, concert or performance hosted by it, you can attest to this fact. Please support A&L in its efforts to preserve this incredible program for generations to come!