City Celebrates National Arts and Humanities Month

Sculpture entitled "Western Tiger Swallowtail Yerba Santa" in Oct. 2016, created from recycled materials Signal file photo.

In conjunction with National Arts and Humanities Month, the city of Santa Clarita will host a month long art event, dubbed “ARTober,” which will feature an array of art-focused activities. During every Saturday this month, residents can partake in a variety of happenings throughout the city to celebrate the arts. All events are free and open to the public.

On Saturday, Oct. 8, at the Westfield Valencia Town Center Art Exhibit from 6 p.m. – 9 p.m., residents can experience the elements during Elemental Experience, a wind, fire and water sensory installation created by artist Idelle Okman Tyzbir. The Town Center Art Exhibit display is located at 24201 Valencia Boulevard.

On Saturday, October 15, from 10 a.m. to 11 a.m., residents can join the Public Art Celebration at Central Park, located at 27150 Bouquet Canyon Road. Santa Clarita will celebrate the public art installation, “The Western Tiger Swallowtail,” created by the artist LT Mustardseed. This hands-on art celebration will include interactive art activities, folkloric dancing, live music, SCV Adventure play, live butterflies for the first 100 children and more.

Culminating the month’s events in Santa Clarita will be the official Launch Party on Saturday, Oct. 22 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at The Patios at Westfield Valencia Town Center. The new website combines a comprehensive listing of events in the Santa Clarita Valley, making the website the best source for arts and culture in Santa Clarita. The new website will also include a directory to search for artists and creative services, news to stay up to date on local art happenings and digital resource services for artists.

National Arts and Humanities Month is celebrated in October and is a coast-to-coast collective recognition of the importance of culture in America. The month long celebration’s goals include focusing on the arts at local, state and national levels, encouraging individuals and organizations to participate in the arts, allowing governments and businesses to show their support of the arts and raising public awareness about the role the arts and humanities play in our communities and lives.

For more information about the ARTober or, contact the city of Santa Clarita’s Arts and Events Office at (661) 250-3787.

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