Tiny Libraries Project To Enliven State Street
Source: Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture
The Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture (www.sbac.ca.gov) is pleased to announce the “Tiny Libraries on State” project in partnership with the City of Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara Public Library, with additional funding support from Santa Barbara Beautiful, Downtown Santa Barbara, and Santa Barbara Public Library Foundation. Artist Douglas Lochner has been commissioned to produce six brightly-colored, dynamic and functional public art “libraries” shaped as life-sized punctuation marks on the State Street Corridor from mid-August through mid-October 2019.
The Santa Barbara Public Library will stock the Tiny Libraries with books and contribute corresponding pop-up programming on State Street, including poetry readings, book recommendations, storytimes, and more! The books in the libraries will be free to the public to keep or borrow. The community may also leave books in the libraries to donate to other readers.
Santa Barbara Mayor Cathy Murillo shared, “These libraries will create the opportunity for people to read for pleasure. How wonderful it will be to lose yourself in a novel or pick up a book because the title or subject sparked your curiosity. I tell the students I mentor that to be a good writer, you must be a good reader. This project will connect us to information, to stories, to ourselves.”
Additional programmatic partners, including the Santa Barbara Education Foundation, will utilize the project to promote youth literacy. Artist Simon Kiefer will host pop-up interactive typewriter events and the Print Power Collective will hold print demonstrations.
Lochner, whose work has been exhibited along the Central Coast, will receive a stipend of $10,000. Lochner is known locally for his Wings of Honorproject, which is slated to debut at the Santa Barbara Airport in 2020.
Lochner’s proposal was chosen through an open submission process juried by representatives from the Santa Barbara Museum of Art; Museum of Contemporary Art Santa Barbara; University of California, Santa Barbara; Arts Commission; Santa Barbara Public Library; Santa Barbara City College; Moxi; City Arts Advisory Committee; and The Book Den. Artists living or working in Santa Barbara, Ventura, or San Luis Obispo counties were eligible to apply for the commission.