Hotel Santa Barbara has temporarily donated a vacant Downtown storefront for a pop-up fundraiser benefitting an art studio for artists with intellectual disabilities.
Santa Barbara, July 7, 2017 – Hotel Santa Barbara has temporarily donated a vacant storefront to SlingShot Art Studio and Gallery for a pop-up shop in one of the hotel’s retail spaces located at 527 State Street. Proceeds from the sale of the folk-art benefit SlingShot Art Studio and Gallery.
SlingShot, Alpha Art Forum is one of the Alpha Resource Center of Santa Barbara Adult Day Programs. The art studio and gallery supports 41 artists with intellectual disabilities. The program provides artists with an opportunity to create and share their art with the community.
After a generous donation of one-of-a-kind American folk-art and collectibles from Susan Baerwald of Just Folk Gallery, SlingShot needed a visible location to sell the art. Radius Group’s Brad Frohling connected SlingShot to Tamara Erickson of Hotel Santa Barbara who agreed that the vacant storefront at the hotel space was a great fit for SlingShot’s needs.
“It’s a pleasure to be able to offer our location to SlingShot for this pop-up shop. We see this as an opportunity to give some life to our space while we look for a long-term tenant and we’re excited to support such an inspiring local non-profit.” Shared Erickson, CEO of Hotel Santa Barbara.
The folk-art pop-up shop, located near the corner of Cota and State Streets, is just one of the creative ways downtown businesses are partnering to bring life to the Downtown corridor.
“Tamara’s kindness and support is an amazing gift. Her generosity is a shining example of how local businesses can support local non-profits and benefit the entire community. The visible location is perfect for displaying our folk-art” shared Sue Dumm, Creative Director at SlingShot. “Not only are we generating funds to benefit SlingShot, but we are forging relationships with the vital downtown community.”
The SlingShot folk-art pop-up is open daily, from 12:30 to 6:30 pm (hours subject to change) or by appointment by calling (805) 570-2372.
The pop-up shop will run until they sell out, or until the space finds a long-term tenant.
For information about a long-term rental at the 527 State Street space, contact Brad Frohling or Lisa Engel of Radius Group Commercial Real Estate.