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Call for Artist Workshop Proposals for SB Reads 2020

Santa Barbara Reads is the Santa Barbara Public Library’s annual community read program. Generously funded by the Santa Barbara Public Library Foundation and support from California Humanities, SB Reads 2020: Create! will investigate the creative process, and will feature the book Big Magic by Elizabeth Gilbert, along with a small selection of other titles in English and Spanish. The goal of the program is to engage the community with local artists and writers to explore creativity and, as Gilbert suggests in her book, encourage embracing “a life that is driven more strongly by curiosity than by fear." 

The Library is seeking artists of all mediums to propose interactive virtual workshops exploring creativity and artistic expression in any creative discipline. 


ELIGIBILITY: This project is open to all artists and/or collaborative artist teams at least 18 years of age, working and/or residing in Santa Barbara County. Artists may submit more than one workshop proposal, but will only be eligible to present one workshop during the program. As all workshops will be held on Zoom, selected artists must have access to the resources to facilitate their workshop virtually (see below for more details). 


BUDGET:  Selected artists will receive an honorarium of $1,000, inclusive of a materials budget for the workshop. This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit


SUBMISSION GUIDELINES: Proposals should be submitted via email to Lisa Neubert, Programming Librarian, at, and must be received by September 30 at 5:00 PM. 



All proposals should include: 

  • The submitting artist’s name (first and last). Teams should include the name of their group (if applicable), and the names of all participating artists. 
  • The city (or cities) in which the artist resides and works. 
  • The proposed workshop name. 
  • A description of the proposed workshop.
  • The number of proposed workshop sessions, and how long each session will run (maximum of 4 hours total). Please include preferred workshop dates in November 2020. The Library will work with selected artists to finalize workshop schedules based upon Library availability.
  • The maximum number of participants (minimum of 8 participants).
  • An approximate budget, listing all the materials participants would need and receive in order to participate in the workshop. 
  • Learning objectives and the output participants will have created by the end of the workshop.
  • A short description of the artist’s teaching experience, if any.  
  • The language in which the workshop will be taught (English, Spanish, bilingual).
  • The intended audience for the workshop (teens, adults, no age restrictions).


Please consider: 

  • The artist will be responsible for purchasing supplies and creating any workshop kits that will need to be distributed to participants. The Library will facilitate distribution to attendees. 
  • We are searching for workshops for adults and teens, and will be selecting at least one proposal to be offered exclusively to a teen audience. 
  • We are searching for workshops to be held in both English and Spanish (or bilingually in English and Spanish), and will be selecting at least one proposal intended for a Spanish-speaking or bilingual audience. 
  • Workshops should allow for a minimum of 8 participants, and we are searching for a variety of workshops -- small to large. Our goal is to reach as many people as possible while providing meaningful experiences for participants.
  • Please consider the cost of supplies when planning for the workshop’s size. We suggest no more than $250 of the honorarium be used for supplies. 
  • SB Reads 2020: Create! is looking to connect local artists with one another and with the Santa Barbara community. Proposals should come from artists living and working in Santa Barbara County, and proposals from artists working in the Santa Barbara Public Library’s service area will be given priority in the selection process. 
  • All workshops will need to be held virtually in November 2020. SBPL will host workshops via Zoom call, and artists will need to have access to a computer, camera, and microphone and be comfortable facilitating the workshop remotely. 
  • Artists need not have any teaching experience to submit a proposal. 
  • Workshops will be selected by a panel with representatives from: Santa Barbara Public Library staff, the Santa Barbara Public Library Foundation, and the Santa Barbara County Office of Arts & Culture. The panel’s decisions will be announced by October 6, 2020. 


This project was made possible with support from California Humanities, a non-profit partner of the National Endowment for the Humanities. Visit


To learn more about the history of Santa Barbara Reads, visit the Library’s website.


Visit the Santa Barbara Public Library online at for information about programs and services. All library programs are free and open to the public.

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