The Santa Barbara Public Typewriter Project (aka Typewriters On & Off State Street) creates opportunities for people to experience the joy and creativity of typing on vintage manual typewriters. Public Typewriters are installed in 9 participating venue locations throughout Downtown Santa Barbara - similar to the popular "Pianos on State" installation. Numerous related events and writing workshops would occur at each of the 9 venues. Participants would be invited to share their creations for uploading to this website and for consideration of several prizes at the end of the project in April 2020. The grand prize will be a vintage manual typewriter.
The Santa Barbara Public Typewriter Project is generously funded through a Community Arts Grant administered by The City of Santa Barbara and the Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture.
The map below indicates the 9 participating venue locations. Click on an icon to see the street address and obtain directions. Information on each of the venues can be found in the section following this one.
Each of the participating venues is described below. Click on their logos to be connected to their websites.
Art from Scrap
Art From Scrap is one of several programs operated by Explore Ecology. Art From Scrap has operated a Re-use Store since 1978 which sells materials and supplies at well below market prices to local artists and school teachers. The materials and supplies in the store are donated by individuals and the local business community (thereby diverting tons of matter each year from our landfill).
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For more information on public typewriters, typewriter workshop offerings, event reservations, and sales & service, please contact Simon Kiefer:
Santa Barbara Public Typewriters is generously funded through a Community Arts Grant provided by the City of Santa Barbara and Santa Barbara County Office of Arts and Culture.