Three Ways Arts Alive! Is Saying Out With the Old for ‘08

Since changing hands late last year, Santa Barbara’s all-ages gallery-meets-studio-meets-learning center, Arts Alive!, has been going through a world of changes. Along with painting, cleaning, and making over the space (located at 1 N. Calle Cesar Ch¡vez), the complex’s new owners have added new studios and a slew of programs that truly run the artistic gamut. Call 963-2art, or visit for details, class schedules, and new programs, which are being added through February.

1) Sticking with What Works: Arts Alive! has always been a place to bring the kiddies, and that’s one part of the center’s programming that will never change. In addition to breathing new life into the ¼ber popular art and dance combo class for children ages 3 to 5, the new owners have started offering more after-school classes, as well as a kids’ theater workshop on Saturday mornings.

2) The Artsy Side of Med School: Along with a number of new courses, Arts Alive! also has a brand spankin’ new dance and yoga studio, which can be rented out by teachers in the community. Likewise, a massage and healing space is already in the works, and will allow the center to provide massages, acupuncture treatments, and free healing sessions to the public.

3) Party Like It’s 2008: A step above your neighborhood Chuck E. Cheese’s, Arts Alive! has always been known as a great place to entertain the tykes. And while the kid-friendly festivities are still going strong, the center is now also offering up event planning and party rentals for adult art enthusiasts too. The build-your-own bash package can include everything from belly dancers and deejays to catering and private art classes, making it the perfect way to throw an awesome-and stress-free-party.

To submit a comment on this article, email or visit our Facebook page. To submit information to a reporter, email

Be succinct, constructive, and relevant to the story. Leaving a comment means you agree to our Discussion Guidelines. We like civilized discourse. We don't like spam, lying, profanity, harassment or personal attacks.

comments powered by Disqus
event calendar sponsored by:

Thousands of Plaintiffs Added to Refugio Oil Spill Case

Litigation follows footsteps of 1969 Union Oil spill attorneys.

Push Comes to Shove Between Law Enforcement and Mental Health

County supervisors confront too many needs with not enough money.

Helicopter Hits Electrical Wires, Starts Small Fire

A crop duster hit power lines in Ellwood Canyon.

County Accountant Pleads Guilty to Embezzling $2 Million

Forensic audit discovers almost 300 false invoices filed over nine years.

Los Padres ForestWatch Opposes Logging in Condor Country

Timber companies target 2,800 acres of trees near Mt. Pinos along the Tecuya Ridge.