While the Santa Barbara Museum of Art (SBMA) officially opened its doors on June 5, 1941, it is celebrating its 75th anniversary in May. On Sunday, May 15, from 1 – 4 p.m., SBMA opens its doors for a free community celebration with a full day of nonstop activities and engagement for all ages.
In 1941, the Santa Barbara Museum of Art opened its doors to the community, led by approximately 1,500 junior high students. Now, 75 years later, dedication to education and the community is still at the heart of the Museum’s mission. Join SBMA in celebrating this long history with a day of nonstop activities and engagement for all ages. Explore your creative side with family activities, artist-led projects, and art making inspired by the special exhibition Puja and Piety: Hindu, Jain, and Buddhist Art from the Indian Subcontinent. Follow the clues on a scavenger hunt that move through an eclectic sampling of the permanent collection and the history of the Museum. View works of art through the eyes and hands of over 200 local children, representing SBMA’s school and afterschool programs. Enjoy music and dance presented by community groups, and see artful arrangements created by The Garden Club of Santa Barbara.
The Museum’s front steps, galleries, and plaza are transformed into a moveable musical feast, featuring an international banquet of performance befitting such a monumental anniversary celebration. Performances include violin solos, UC Santa Barbara jazz combo, big bands, Bollywood dance teams, classical flute, Latin jazz, the Brazilian beat of Luis Muñoz, tabla drumming, and a Santa Barbara City College polka-style trombone ensemble.
This event is free thanks to the generous sponsorship of the Santa Barbara Museum of Art Women’s Board.
Santa Barbara Museum of Art is located at 1130 State St., 805/963-4364, www.sbma.net.