Summer Solstice Celebration Seeks Junior Artists

Designed as an artistic mentor program with a limited number of positions, the scholarship is open to youth from 14 to 21 years of age to work directly with Solstice staff artists on the creation of ensembles for the parade in a community arts workshop.

A junior artist working on the Summer Solstice Celebration

“This hands-on program teaches young artists about every facet of ‘celebration arts’ and includes an honorarium of between $100 and $500, depending upon level of participation, to be awarded at the completion of the workshop in end of June,” said Solstice Executive Director Claudia Bratton. “Solstice provides the expertise, the materials, the instruction and the place for young artists to use their creative talents, and has established after-school workshop hours to accommodate young, aspiring artists.”

Bratton added: “Two of our previous recipients now have successful art careers. They think that their Solstice work helped to create portfolios that opened many doors for them. It also gave them experience with art that is not currently taught in schools but can be applied to a variety of careers.”

Because of the limited number of positions, interested young artists are encouraged to submit a letter about themselves and their desire to participate in this program by April 20. Letters may be submitted by e-mail, fax or mail, but must be received by April 24 to accommodate the workshop schedule of mid-May to late June.

“Fantasy” is the theme for this year’s 38th annual celebration. The 2012 Summer Solstice Celebration opens June 22 in Alameda Park, with the parade on State Street set for June 23. The festival continues through June 24.

The Junior Artist in Residence position honors the life of Jethro Davis, who died in the year 2000. “Davis was raised by the public arts community, mentored by its masters and supported by the magic of its spirit,” Bratton said. From 1994 to1999, he was the junior artist in residence, a mostly unpaid position, which came with adult responsibilities, many of which he was able to delegate. He designed and created five major pieces and introduced dozens of his friends to Summer Solstice and the arts community.

E-mail scholarship submissions to: or fax them to: (805) 935-3927.

Submissions may be mailed to: Summer Solstice Office, P.O. Box 21141, Santa Barbara, CA 93121

The Solstice Celebration is a nonprofit 501(c) 3 corporation that produces the parade, festival and community arts workshop from donations and sponsorships.

Solstice business sponsorships also are available. For information, see And, 2011 Solstice souvenir posters, shirts and caps are available online.


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