Friends of Clara – Community Outreach

‘Friends of Clara’ is a community outreach program for children with limited resources. Working with community service agencies including Transition House, CASA, CALM and Boys and Girls Club we provide complimentary tickets for young students and their families as well as an education program through which students learn about the music and history of the Nutcracker ballet.

‘Friends of Clara’ partners Santa Barbara Festival Ballet with individuals and businesses who share our vision to provide extraordinary performances oppor­tunities to all. Through the gener­ous financial support of many, an audience of over 600 children, stu­dents, and their families each year are given the full cultural experi­ence of a trip to the historic Arling­ton Theatre for a presentation of the classic ballet The Nutcracker, while listening to Tchaikovsky’s magnificent music played by a live, full symphony orchestra.

We are grateful for the funding support we receive from these community members. Working together has allowed us to provide this holiday tradition to a very spe­cial audience in True Holiday Spirit!

To Become a ‘Friends of Clara’ Partner 

‘Friends of Clara’ are asked to contribute donations that are used solely to cover the cost of tickets. These tickets will be issued and used by the truly economically disadvantaged identified above. Your support will be greatly appreciated.

Upon receiving your generous gift, the Santa Barbara Festival Ballet will acknowledge you as a sponsor of the Friends of Clara campaign in our Nutcracker program.

For more information about becoming a Friend of Clara partner, please contact Santa Barbara Festival Ballet at 805-899-2901.

The Santa Barbara Festival Ballet is a public 501(c)(3) Non-Profit California Corporation


SB Festival Ballet receives 2019-2020 support  for Marketing through an Organizational Development Grant from the City of Santa Barbara