A long-time social justice community activist, Gloria Liggett is best remembered as a tender of community, who devoted herself to caring for others and supporting and working with local groups who shared her vision for creating a just and inclusive community. A fierce supporter of young people and their potential to create the world we need, Gloria led, volunteered with, and supported youth leadership development and cultural programs, including an annual summer Peace Camp held in her backyard art studio, where children and youth were taught weaving, clay sculpting, sewing, painting, and Native cultural arts. She was also active in programs to support LGBTQ youth, wilderness youth programs, as well as youth organizing efforts by groups such as Ethnic Studies Now! Santa Barbara. A strong supporter of indigenous rights and elevating the transformative power of indigenous knowledge, Gloria worked closely with the local Chumash community, participating in ceremonies, including tomol paddles and weekly ceremonial prayer circles. She helped to create the exquisite 20-foot circular mosaic that tells the story of the Chumash people — past, present, and future — at the site of Syuxtun, on Cabrillo Boulevard at Bath Street.
Gloria relished working with the Fund for Santa Barbara’s Grant-Making Committee (GMC). She liked to say, “I love the GMC. The Board has to make money, and we get to give it away.” She helped dispense grants to local organizations and valued the opportunity it afforded her to interact with diverse communities. The Fund for Santa Barbara is proud to carry on Gloria’s commitment to community building and social justice through the Gloria Liggett Community Justice Fund, which each year will make a grant in her honor to a social justice organization.
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