It began with a collective dream of the community. Separate entities within the Santa Barbara arts, music, and consciousness community were fostering dreams of a greater vision than they were able to produce on their own. Granted, their individual realizations and accomplishments are noteworthy in their own right…
Luke Holden had begun a successful business with Branches Mobile Gallery, which has become a hotspot of excitement and late-night activity and a nexus of next level art at Lucidity and beyond. Satory Palmer was involved with the Isla Vista Circus, and was starting to work on his own production company Synaptic Productions. Andrew Garrard was working with StateSide Magazine and the production of AMASS Gallery. Alison Hensley was still in the afterglow of producing the first ever SOL Food Festival, which catalyzed and inspired a deepening of Santa Barbara’s embrace of Seasonal, Organic, Local foods. This delicious festival ran for five straight years, with collaboration from Lucidity, and SOL Food continues to have impact in the community as a 501 c3 non-profit organization.
Fishbon board member and Walkabout Woods co-conspirator, Jonah Haas, was coming off the heels of a successful, large-scale Burningman (2011) art installation with the inspiration to create something large around Lucid Dreaming. The Collective Exp and its co-founders, Alan Avila and Allyson Gomez, were producing community events that inspired civic action as well as music and dance. The Collective was developing new models for rebuilding healthy communities- to revolve around the acceptance and inclusion of the entire community, as opposed to the division and separation maintained by social conditioning.
After Lucidity Festival’s successful first endeavor, Satory Palmer left our founders circle, selling his partnership to pursue his own career as CEO of Synaptic Productions and to help finance his first-time event Lunacy, in October 2012. To be clear, we are not partnered with Synaptic Productions, nor did we have any business association with Lunacy Festival.
At present Lucidity is a collectively owned company with 19 shareholding members making it truly a community collaboration at its core!