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Felix Lucero, Blind Curve, 2010; courtesy William James Association

Free First Friday

November 7, 2014
11:00 am – 5:00 pm

Free First Friday 11am – 9pm Free admission every First Friday and extended hours every Friday. Some say California prisons are inhumane. Overcrowded. Some say they’re necessary. What about the artists inside of them? Join us for the opening of The Cell and the Sanctuary: Art and Incarceration in the 3rd Floor Art Forum Gallery. […]


Community Rental: Eye Music: American Sign Language Poetry Mini-Festival

November 14, 2014
7:30 pm – 9:30 pm

Acclaimed visiting Deaf artists perform poetry and other media in American Sign Language. Part of a four-night festival put on by UC Santa Cruz and curated by Larry Polansky, professor of music at UC Santa Cruz. For more information visit:


3rd Friday: Radical Craft Night

November 21, 2014
5:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Radical Craft Night is a festival of weird, non-traditional crafts in Santa Cruz. It’s a night of hands-on activities and live demonstrations from folks of all walks of life showing you their craft. We’re just hoping the live sheep doesn’t get too offended by the taxidermy on the 3rd floor. Not kidding on that last […]

Free First Friday

Free First Friday

December 5, 2014
11:00 am – 9:00 pm

Free First Friday 11am – 9pm Free admission every First Friday and extended hours every Friday. Tonight from 5-9pm, enjoy a no-host bar, live music from 6:30-9 and an art activity for all ages in the classroom.


3rd Friday: Winterpalooza

December 19, 2014
4:00 pm – 8:00 pm

Every 3rd Friday we collaborate with community members on participatory art and history events for all ages. This month’s theme is all about Winter. Join us for the opening of the toy trains exhibit and make wintery crafts such as snowglobes, snowflake garlands and snuggle up to read in our cardboard castle. Don’t miss Kid […]

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