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SlingShot Alpha Art Forum

Alpha Resource Center of Santa Barbara-5838

Organization Mission

SlingShot is a project of Alpha Resource Center of Santa Barbara. It is an art studio and gallery for artists with intellectual disabilities who want to create and sell art. Each artist is recognized for their unique talent and artistic vision. The open studio environment is designed to encourage creative expression and the on-site gallery offers an exhibition space that fosters acceptance of the SlingShot artists in the Santa Barbara art community.

The Big Idea:
SlingShot Art Studio & Gallery

SlingShot is a progressive art studio for more than 40 artists who want to create and sell their art. At SlingShot, all artists are recognized for their unique talent, inspired storytelling, and artistic vision. Together we foster social change by connecting with the community in a deeply personal and meaningful way. SlingShot gallery exhibitions demonstrate our commitment to enhancing the visibility, acceptance, and marketability of the artists’ work. We remove the label of disability in contemporary art.


University of California College of Creative Studies is proud to present an exhibition of paintings, drawings, prints and sculpture by some of the areas’s most extraordinary intellectually disabled artists.
Produced in Santa Barbara’s SlingShot studio, the work is by turns beautiful, formally inventive and compelling in narrative. It surprises and delights and offers deep satisfactions to anyone interested in art as an artifact of human feeling and identity

— Dan Connally, College of Creative Studies, Santa Barbara County