In honor of “ARTober,” the City of Santa Clarita is hosting a variety of free arts and humanities festivities throughout the month in celebration of all things arts.

One feature that makes Santa Clarita so unique is the art that is displayed throughout the city. There is public art everywhere. The beauty behind art is that it allows people to express themselves through sculptures, music, painting, theatre, writing and much more. Throughout the month, residents of all ages can look forward to a variety of activities and programming surrounding art.

Get your ghosts and goblins ready for a Haunted Mansion Pop-Up Gallery Workshop. The City will host a free artist workshop at the Old Town Newhall Library Branch on Oct. 15 from 1 to 3 p.m. Artist Sylvia Schorn will lead the workshop, and as a bonus, all the work created will be used in a pop-up gallery for the Halloween season. Witness the many masterpieces on full display from Oct. 17 through Nov. 4. 

If you’re a fan of the theatre, this is your chance to take a trip to The MAIN (24266 Main Street) to enjoy a Sidewalk Poetry reading dedication on Oct. 15 at 11 a.m. in Old Town Newhall. The city council has approved the continuation of the Sidewalk Poetry Project. Through this project, 10 winners were selected to have their poetry stamped into cement throughout the city. The winning poets will have an opportunity to do a live reading of their poems.

There is also a great opportunity for all of our local artists to connect and network with other artists at the free Business for Artists Conference on Oct. 21-22. This conference welcomes artists and creative professionals and offers insight on the importance of business development.

Each day of the conference is tailored to your specific needs. Opening-day programming welcomes artists who are seeking assistance to develop their skills with experts in non-profit marketing, budgeting, programming and fundraising. The final day of the program is geared toward artists working in visual arts, music or film. The workshops are designed for every level of creative professional, whether you’re kick-starting your art career or a mid-career artist looking to be more in tune with the world of marketing. The Business for Artists Conference is the perfect opportunity to learn valuable skills and expand your creative network.

Find out more about Santa Clarita “ARtober” events and programming at SantaClaritaArts.com/ARTober2022.

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