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The Lobero Theatre Foundation: Building a Legacy

Youth and Community Outreach

Mission The mission of the Lobero Theatre Foundation is to operate and maintain the historic Lobero Theatre as a performing arts center and cultural asset to the community, and to present the highest quality productions in music, dance and theatre.

What Does the Lobero Theatre Foundation Do? Your Community’s Theatre

Lobero LIVE

The Lobero is home to many of Santa Barbara’s best local performing arts, including the Santa Barbara Chamber Orchestra, Music Academy of the West, Sings Like Hell, Santa Barbara International Film Festival, Santa Barbara Choral Society and more. The Lobero Theatre Foundation is committed to ensuring that the theatre has state of the art equipment and a professional and efficient stage crew, ensuring that local organizations receive outstanding service and can focus on making great art. Rental dates, both local and touring, make up approximately 85% of the theatre’s activity and 41% of our annual budget.

Another 15% of the theatre’s activity is our Lobero LIVE series, world-class touring artists presented by the Lobero Theatre Foundation. With 20-25 performances per year, we bring the best of music, dance, comedy and family entertainment to the Lobero stage. We are especially focused on jazz and American roots music. We have more than 15 years of jazz presenting under our belt, and have been named 5 times as one of Downbeat Magazine’s top jazz venues in the world. From jazz legends like Dave Brubeck, Pat Metheny and Charles Lloyd to the next generation of greats like Esperanza Spalding, the Bad Plus and Julian Lage, the Lobero has become a true performance destination for artists from around the world.

The Board and staff of the Lobero believe that the arts can be a catalyst for positive change, and should be accessible to the entire community. We reach out to local students, families and senior citizens with free programs that offer music education and live performance experiences. These are opportunities for children to learn new talents and gain valuable self-esteem; for families to share an afternoon of bonding; for seniors to get out and socialize with their broader community. The arts are more than just window dressing. Participation in these programs gives children necessary tools for future success in all aspects of life: creativity and problem solving, confidence, greater focus and dedication, and the ability to collaborate with and learn from their peers. It also inspires children to continue pursuing the arts throughout their education, and in some cases throughout their careers. Experiencing a live performance, sharing that energy with hundreds of other individuals inspires and lifts up the spirit. It is an opportunity that all of our citizens should be able to enjoy.

Our programs include: • After-school residencies by Santa Barbara Vocal Jazz Foundation, culminating in a performance on the Lobero stage • Performance subsidies for youth arts education organizations like Santa Barbara Youth Symphony, Santa Barbara Youth Ensemble Theatre, Gustafson Dance, Jensen’s Rock Camp and New Noise’s Battle of the Bands • 200 tickets for children and their families to attend It’s Magic!, complete with a pizza and ice cream social • Community ticketing for a wide variety of Lobero LIVE events distributed through senior living communities, social service agencies and high school/college music programs

LOBERO ASSOCIATES

The Lobero’s Youth Programs are made possible through the generosity of the following donors:
 Montecito Bank & Trust, Union Bank, Santa Barbara Bowl Foundation Education Outreach Committee, and the Lobero Theatre Associates. SBVJF’s residencies are funded in part by the Community Arts Grant program, using funds provided by the City of Santa Barbara in partnership with the Santa Barbara County Arts Commission.

Lobero Theatre Fdn Annual Report 2015  

The mission of the Lobero Theatre Foundation is to operate and maintain the historic Lobero Theatre as a performing arts center and cultural...

Lobero Theatre Fdn Annual Report 2015  

The mission of the Lobero Theatre Foundation is to operate and maintain the historic Lobero Theatre as a performing arts center and cultural...

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