UCSB Arts & Lectures

UCSB Bldg 402
Santa Barbara, CA

Founded in 1959, UCSB Arts & Lectures is the largest and most influential arts and lectures organization between Los Angeles and San Francisco. This nationally recognized, award-winning program brings exceptional cultural and artistic experiences to Santa Barbara with lively and varied programming featuring world-class performing artists and big thinkers.

A&L annually presents more than a hundred events, ranging from concerts, dance and theater performances to talks by groundbreaking authors, comedy shows and film series at UC Santa Barbara and area venues. Past A&L luminaries have included cellist Yo-Yo Ma, author/historian Doris Kearns Goodwin, graphic novelist Neil Gaiman, filmmaker Ken Burns, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, Jazz at Lincoln Center Orchestra, poet Mary Oliver and many more.

With a mission to “educate, entertain and inspire,” Arts & Lectures also offers an exciting array of educational outreach programs for local students and the greater community. A&L hosts master classes, open rehearsals, lecture-demonstrations and classroom discussions with visiting artists and speakers at UCSB, as well as local elementary and high schools. From kindergarten through college, students have the opportunity to learn and be inspired by artists and intellectuals at the top of their fields.

As part of its outreach efforts, A&L participates in ¡Viva el Arte de Santa Barbara!, a unique collaboration between Arts & Lectures, the Marjorie Luke Theatre, Isla Vista Youth Projects, the Guadalupe Cultural Arts & Education Center. ¡Viva el Arte de Santa Barbara! presents the music, dance, theater and folklore of Latin America in free events for youths and families throughout Santa Barbara County, bringing exciting cultural experiences to neighborhood venues.

Visit A&L’s website and social media pages above to learn about who’s appearing this season!

UCSB Arts & Lectures

UCSB Bldg 402
Santa Barbara, CA 92106

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Special Events

Jon Boogz & Lil Buck

Time: Location: UCSB Arts & Lectures

Two of today’s most eminent and exciting artists – hip-hop phenoms Jon Boogz and Lil Buck – join forces in Love Heals…

Jon Meacham


One of America’s great public intellectuals and a skilled raconteur, Pulitzer Prize-winning historian Jon Meacham brings a depth of…

Hanzhi Wang

Time: Location: UCSB Arts & Lectures

With impeccable technique and captivating stage presence, classical accordionist Hanzhi Wang comes to Santa Barbara following debuts last…

An Evening with Chris Thile

Time: Location: UCSB Arts & Lectures

Multiple Grammy Award-winner and MacArthur Fellow Chris Thile is a mandolin virtuoso, composer and vocalist who transcends the borders of…

Daniil Trifonov, piano

Time: Location: UCSB Arts & Lectures

Russian pianist Daniil Trifonov’s performances are a perpetual source of awe, combining consummate technique with rare sensitivity…

David Brooks

Time: Location: Granada Theatre

David Brooks has a gift for bringing audiences face to face with the spirit of our times with insight, humor and quiet passion. A New York…

Anita Hill

Time: Location: UCSB Arts & Lectures

A women’s rights icon, attorney and powerful advocate for equality, Anita Hill brought the issue of sexual harassment to the…

Jill Lepore

Time: Location: UCSB Arts & Lectures

Leave it to Jill Lepore to offer a magisterial account of the rise of America and an urgent reckoning with the beauty and tragedy of our…

Milo¬ö and Friends

Time: Location: UCSB Arts & Lectures

A young star who has revitalized the role of the guitar in classical music, Miloš Karadaglic is one of the “champions of the…

Bill McKibben

Time: Location: UCSB Arts & Lectures

Of all the challenges the planet faces, none is as large as its fast-heating climate – and no one has worked longer or harder than…

The Wood Brothers

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Nashville-based experimental roots trio The Wood Brothers combines a “rustic folk sound with a jolt of sonic and stylistic…