As the one-year anniversary of the Isla Vista killings approaches, various groups are finalizing a series of events to remember the six UCSB students who lost their lives on May 23, 2014.
Seeking to replicate the candlelit vigil that took place less than 24 hours after the horrific night, UCSB art students working under Professor Kim Yasuda are leading an effort to light up Isla Vista with inexpensive, blue LED tea lights; it’s also a tribute to UCSB professor and Nobel laureate Shuji Nakamura, who won the award last year for his invention of blue LEDs.
The Associate Students Pardall Center and a number of businesses located in the heart of Isla Vista are already lit up. “It’s so clear that there needs to be something to galvanize around,” said Yasuda, calling the Bluenite project “hopeful and simple.” If you have a dollar in your pocket, added art major Maddie Berger, you can show “solidarity with your community.”
Here is a list of other (mostly free) remembrance events scheduled in Isla Vista over the next two weeks:
5/16: People’s Park Memorial Garden Dedication, 2 p.m. People’s Park, Embarcadero del Norte and Seville Rd., Isla Vista. Free. Visit tinyurl.com/islavistacometogether.
5/19: Come Together: Isla Vista Remembrance, 6 p.m. MultiCultural Lounge, UCSB. Free. Call 893-8411 or visit mcc.sa.ucsb.edu.
5/20-5/21, 5/25-31: Healing Space, 9 a.m.-midnight. Pardall Ctr., 6550 Pardall Rd., Isla Vista. Free. Call 770-3145 or visit tinyurl.com/islavistacometogether.
5/20-6/20: We Remember Them: Acts of Love and Compassion in Isla Vista, Wednesday-Saturday, 3-7 p.m. Also 1-5 p.m. on June 13-14. Red Barn, UCSB. Free. Visit we-remember-them.library.ucsb.edu/.
5/21: Come Together: An Evening of Self-Expression, 7:30 p.m. Crushcakes, 6533 Trigo Rd., Isla Vista. Free. Call 893-8411 or visit mcc.sa.ucsb.edu.
5/23: I.V. Chalk Memorial/ART4PEACE, 8 a.m. Pardall Rd., Isla Vista. Free. Visit tinyurl.com/islavistacometogether.
5/23: Storke Plaza/People’s Park Candle Light Vigil and March, 7 p.m. Storke Plaza, UCSB; People’s Park, Embarcadero del Norte and Seville Rd., Isla Vista. Free. Visit tinyurl.com/islavistacometogether.
5/23: Candlelit Prayer Service, 9 p.m. Saint Mark’s University Parish, 6550 Picasso Rd., Isla Vista. Free. Visit tinyurl.com/islavistacometogether.
5/27: Wear Blue & Gold Spirit Day, All day. Free. Visit tinyurl.com/islavistacometogether.
5/27: IV Beach Memorial Paddle Out, Time TBA. IV Beach, Isla Vista. Free. Visit tinyurl.com/islavistacometogether.
5/29: Rodrigo Amarante, 7 p.m. The Goodland, 5650 Calle Real. $5-$15. Visit nightout.com.
5/31: MMXIV Music in Memory Concert, 7:30 p.m. Lotte Lehman Concert Hall, UCSB. Free. Call 893-3230 or visit www.music.ucsb.edu.