Designed as an artistic mentorship, with a limited number of positions, this program is open to youth 14-21 years of age. Young artists will work directly with Solstice Staff artists in the Solstice workshop to create the ensembles for the parade. The deadline to apply is April 15.

“This hands on program gives young people a wonderful opportunity to work collaboratively and utilize their creative talents while they learn about every facet of Celebration Arts, which is something generally not taught in schools.” says Executive Director Claudia Bratton. “Solstice provides the expertise, the materials, the instruction, and the place. There are after-school workshop hours to accommodate young, aspiring artists.”

The Junior Artist position honors the memory of Jethro Davis — the first Solstice Junior Artist in Residence from 1994-1999. Jethro designed and created five major pieces, introduced dozens of his friends to Summer Solstice and the arts community. Jethro was tragically killed in an accident in 2001.

There is an application online here, or interested young artists can apply by submitting a letter to Summer Solstice about themselves and their desire to participate in this program via email, fax, or mail. This must be received by April 15 to accommodate the workshop schedule from mid May through late June.

〈 Email submissions to:,

〈 Fax submissions to: 805-935-3927

〈 Mail Submissions to: Summer Solstice Office

P.O. Box 21141

Santa Barbara, CA 93121

Summer Solstice Celebration is a 501(c)3, nonprofit, community organization that produces the Solstice Parade, Festival and Solstice Workshop. Solstice’s mission is to “celebrate life through the arts”. The 2013 Summer Solstice will be June 21, 22, and 23 and the theme is “Creatures”.


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