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5 – 8 pm FOR FREE!

Chase Free Thursday Evenings include:
  • Access to all galleries
  • Brief docent talks in select exhibitions
  • Family Resource Center and Museum Shop open


Every Thursday

Docent "Ten-Talks"
6:10 pm and 7:10 pm

Ten-minutes, one work of art, and informal, interactive conversation in the galleries.
Please meet at the State Street entrance.

Special Programming



Family 1st Thursday
Thursdays, October 1; November 5; December 3, 5:30 – 7:30 pm

Bring the whole family and enjoy 1st Thursday together in SBMA's Family Resource Center located across from the Museum Café on the Lower Level. Museum Teaching Artists will assist families in creating special exhibition-based art projects. Afterwards, enjoy selected galleries until 8 pm.
Oil Pastel and Tempera Paint Still Life
October 1
Study the complex details of flowers up close by sketching from botanical arrangements. Add color to the composition with water-soluble oil pastels mixed with tempera paint, inspired by Henri Fantin-Latour’s Chrysanthemums of Summer (Chrysanthemes d'Ete) (ca. 1887). 

Abstract Texture Studies
November 5
Focus in on the details of Raul Corrales’ Blue Jeans, Cuba, (1948) to create an abstract texture study by layering canvas strips and opaque watercolors.

“Double Stack” Paintings
December 3
Block lines and shapes on canvas with masking tape, then paint over in Day-Glo acrylics to complete your own “Double Stack” painting.


An Evening of Poetry, Dance, Afro Jarocho Music, and Conversation with Artist Patricio Hidalgo

Thursday, October 1, 5:30 pm

Patricio Hidalgo inherited a sensibility of son jarocho from his grandfather Arcadia Hidalgo, a founder of the revivalist movement in the 60s, when the music had all but disappeared. Today, Patricio is a world-renown musician and poet, as well as proponent for the musical and social roots of jarocho in mestiza, indigenous, and African traditions. Join us to meet the artist and hear student poems inspired by Hidalgo’s work.

Presented in Collaboration with Viva El Arte and UCSB Arts and Lectures.

Mary Craig Auditorium

Pop-Up Opera
Thursday, November 5, 5:30 – 6:10 pm 

Opera Santa Barbara returns to present another crowd-pleasing pop-up performance in the Museum's galleries.
Museum Galleries

Left: Raquel Gutiérrez. Right: Rafa Esparza, Dedicaciones. Photo by Escritorio de Procesos.

VARIEDADES: A Variety Show on the Border

Thursday, November 19, 5:30 pm

The VARIEDADES performance series, curated by writer and performer Rubén Martínez, takes its cue from the Latin American “variety show” format and pushes the genre, combining spoken word, performance art, music, and a dash of “critical karaoke.” In honor of the Looking In, Looking Out: Latin American Photography exhibition, the VARIEADADES crew approach the border between the U.S., Mexico, and Central America through renderings of utopia and distopia—anarchist-inspired communes, on the one hand, and the brutal violence that results from state collusion with transnational illicit markets in human and drug trafficking, on the other. Expect references to the “magonista” transnational utopia headquartered in Los Angeles at the turn of the 20th century and meditations on violence and healing in contemporary Mexico and Central America. The performance also features Rafa Esparza and Raquel Gutiérrez.


Mary Craig Auditorium 
Free SBMA Members/$10 Non-Members/$6 Senior Non-Members
Reserve or purchase tickets online or at the Museum Visitor Services desks.

Quire of Voyces Short Program Concert

Thursday, December 3, 6:30 – 7:30 pm

The Santa Barbara Quire of Voyces returns to SBMA to perform a short program of choral music during First Thursday in December. The Quire of Voyces was founded in 1993 to rediscover the sacred a capella choral music of the Renaissanceand the modern age.

Ludington Court
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