What We Do

we speak love (fluently)

Experiencial Elementalists

We deliver multimedia experiences. The genuine curiosity and adaptability that we both share has resulted in an artistic fluency across several forms of expression. Sacred Poets is an opportunity for us to focus our energy on Visual and Performing Arts while expanding our community locally and globally.

Activated Art, Apparel, Affirmation

Sacred Poets: collaborations of art, poetry and messages of love, peace, and balance through wearable art. We are members of the budding Studio 114 Collective located at the Tannery Art Center in Santa Cruz. We feature our own creative works, will print on your garment(s), and will consider small custom jobs. Come visit us, or book us for trunk show poetry readings.


Who We Are

multifaceted human beams

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Rica Smith de la Luz is a mestiza artist, who grew up, and also raised a daughter in  Santa Cruz, California. Her passion for feeding people and nourishing them on all levels brings her into their most honored celebrations as a naqasha (henna artist), dancer and private chef. As a wild-crafter and naturalist, she believes in food as medicine. She draws inspiration from nature and folk art, and the wisdom of her ancestors. Her ink studies and henna drawings  are featured in the Sacred Poets line of activated apparel. She is available for mural commissions, tattoo design, and private events.


Joseph Jason Santiago LaCour is a Poet, Artist and Emcee from the Midwest now living in Santa Cruz. A Filipino and French Creole fiasco, he has struggled as a young parent and worked countless jobs. Today, his Daughters are grown, he has true love in his life and he wants to share his art, his heart, with you. 

As a member of The Legendary Collective and co-curator of The Santa Cruz Word Church, a weekly poetry event at The Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, he consciously works to contribute to a strong community of poets, emcees and writers in Santa Cruz. 

Upcoming Events
Winter Art Market 2019
Sat, Dec 07
Tannery Arts Center
Dec 07, 2019, 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM
Tannery Arts Center, 1010 River St, Santa Cruz, CA 95060, USA
Start off the season with a day of festive arts, crafts and more! Visit the Tannery on Saturday December 7 10am - 5pm and experience artist demos, craft activities, food, beer, wine and more. Peruse local artists' offerings to find the perfect holiday gift.

©2018 by Sacred Poets - Rica de la Luz Smith & Joseph Jason Santiago LaCour