Sharon Martinson, left, shares her love of music with Hillside resident Ingelise. (Courtesy photo)

Hillside recently welcomed Sharon Martinson, Wyoming’s Performer of the Year, who shared her unique banjo playing and beautiful voice with residents, staff members and guests at the facility on Veronica Springs Road in Santa Barbara.

Sponsored by The Wyoming Arts Council, the National Endowment for the Arts, and the Bluegrass Music Society of the Central Coast (for California venues), Martinson’s Play It Forward tour brings music to those least able to attend a concert.

Martinson’s goal over the next two years is to play in all 50 states for “those most in need of music.”

“We seek opportunities like this, so residents can connect with the community as well as their family members, friends and other guests, who enjoy music, art and entertainment,” said Craig Olson, president/CEO, Hillside. “It feels like the world around us stops for a bit, and we can all be in the moment, together.”

For information about Hillside community events or opportunities to perform for residents, contact Rosemary Rice, program director, 805-687-0788 ext. 118 or

Hillside is an independent nonprofit organization founded in Santa Barbara in 1945, providing medical support and empathetic caregiving for people living with intellectual and developmental disabilities.

— Ben Romo for Hillside.