The Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative, in partnership with the Downtown Organization, leads a curated art crawl through downtown Santa Barbara on the first Thursday of every month. The Art Crawl puts art lovers directly in touch with the local Santa Barbara art scene.
Still in search of more Santa Barbara art? Much of Santa Barbara’s art scene thrives in the Funk Zone. The art scene has a prominent presence in the Funk Zone and inspires the eclectic vibe of this neighborhood. A must-see in Funk Zone is The Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara (MCA Santa Barbara). MCA Santa Barbara is the premier venue for contemporary art between Los Angeles and San Francisco and is now viewed as a major player in the national and international art scene, with more than 27,000 works of art on display. Past exhibits have included work by icons such as Degas, Picasso, Rothko and Van Gogh. The museum is viewed as a major player in terms of its ability to curate modern art as well more progressive and cutting edge artists as well.
Art in Santa Barbara isn’t limited only to the contemporary museum; art walks are hosted on a regular basis and are a fantastic way to experience downtown Santa Barbara on foot. The Santa Barbara Art Foundry brings art to life and offers tours every five minutes seven days a week.