About Santa Barbara Beautiful

Since 1965, Santa Barbara Beautiful has helped our community to create and celebrate a beautiful place to live, work and visit.

Santa Barbara Beautiful treats its work as the creation of a legacy of community beautification, and continues to preserve and protect Santa Barbara’s rich and diverse urban forest through neighborhood Street Tree Programs. Santa Barbara Beautiful supports and promotes Art in Public Places, Open Public Space and Education through Collaboration with Community Grants Programs, and continues to recognize exceptional beautification efforts with the Annual Awards Program for outstanding individuals, businesses and organizations.


The purpose of Santa Barbara Beautiful is to stimulate community interest and action toward the enhancement of Santa Barbara’s beauty as a complement to current and future government and private activity.

Santa Barbara Beautiful is an organizations of volunteers dedicated to beautifying our area in a variety of ways not only by working independently but also by cooperating with city departments, neighborhood association and other agencies. Formed in 1965 by concerned civic leaders, Santa Barbara Beautiful is a non-profit, tax-exempt corporation. Contributions are tax-deductible.

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Board of Directors

Santa Barbara Beautiful is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit managed by an all-volunteer Board of Directors. Our Board brings vital expertise and leadership with a special dedication to the beauty of our city and the health of our entire community.

History & 50th Anniversary

I like to see a man proud
of the place where he lives.Abraham Lincoln

Santa Barbara Beautiful was conceived and formally inaugurated in September 1965 by founder Mrs. Catherine Adams and the founding committee which included Mahlon Read, R. Peter Krupszak, Stan C. Lowry, Michael Pahos and Pearl Chase. The first awards program was carried out by the organization in 1966.