Ask Me Anything: Sharyn Main
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The Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative and CAW Present:


A free-form online Q&A with Santa Barbara’s art & culture figures with stories to tell

This Week's Guest: Sharyn Main

Tune in this Thursday, October 22, 4pm.

Season Sponsor: Sullivan Goss Gallery

Does artistic practice make you a better leader? How can one cultivate the flexibility and resilience to adapt to change? What are the complicated interactions required to do effective work for climate resilience? These are just some of the question on our mind for this Thursday's Ask Me Anything with Sharyn Main.

Sharyn Main is a fourth-generation Santa Barbara County resident and has been actively involved in environmental protection and the arts throughout her life, with 35 years of experience in philanthropy and the nonprofit sector. Sharyn returned to the Community Environmental Council (after two decades) in 2020 to continue working on critical issues related to climate change and community resilience. 

She most recently served as Senior Director of Community Investments at the Santa Barbara Foundation. Over the course of her career, Sharyn has helped develop and manage the Santa Barbara County Conservation Blueprint, Santa Barbara County Food Action Plan, Creative Communities Arts Master Plan, and the South Coast Watershed Alliance, among other community collaborations and actions.

Sharyn has always had a passion for the arts. From an early age she began drawing and painting and took art classes throughout her life from local notable artists – including Sue Savage in Jr. High; Tony Askew in High School, and Ken Knack at SBCC.  She also loved theater and dance and began performing in school productions beginning in Junior High School.  She later focused her dance training on modern technique at local dance studios and performed on stages and venues throughout Santa Barbara for over two decades.  Sharyn began practicing yoga in her thirties, and along with dance, continues to take classes and practice regularly. 

Tune in this coming Thursday, October 22 at 4pm, for our happy hour free-flowing interview with Sharyn at!  We hope you’ll join us and ask questions both during the live Q&A and ahead of time as well via our Facebook and Instagram feeds, or by e-mailing, and we'll pass your questions on to Sharyn!
We are deeply grateful for the support of
Season Sponsor: Sullivan Goss, An American Gallery


The Santa Barbara Arts Collaborative has developed an Ask Me Anything video interview program during this coronavirus-restricted period, a free-form online Q&A with Santa Barbara art & culture figures who’ve got stories to tell.

Interviews take place live on Facebook Live— anyone can ask questions and participate in real time via the comments. (A Facebook account is not necessary to watch the video.) Questions can also be submitted beforehand via our Facebook and Instagram feeds, or by e-mailing

And follow along via our mailing listInstagram, and Facebook feeds for the next Ask Me Anything!

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Upcoming Interviews:

  • Thursday, November 5, 4pmMichael Morgan - theatre, the prison system, and the power of the human voice.
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