Our Event Philosophy
The Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History is dedicated to producing dynamic and innovative programs that actively engage local community members as partners. Our programs strive to represent and serve the diverse, talented and multifaceted communities in Santa Cruz County based on their needs, assets and interests. Our programs are greatly inspired by your comments, ideas, and requests, and we want you to be involved.
Collaborations are fundamental in our program design. Our events are co-created with dozens of community collaborators who volunteer their time to work with us to create fun, content-rich, participatory, multidisciplinary and intergenerational events. By collaborating with diverse groups, we are working to build social capital in our community. By intentionally bringing together collaborators and their different audiences to create events together, we are hopefully not just creating exciting programs but also building new relationships and deeper connections among all involved. We believe relationship-building is fundamental to growing strong, creative, active and vibrant communities.
We have developed five main goals which drive our community programs. We want to share them so that we all may more clearly understand why and how we are creating Community Programs at the MAH.
Our program goals are to:
- Meet Community Needs and Assets: meet the needs and highlight the assets of our communities as defined by diverse constituencies within Santa Cruz County.
- Build Social Capital: build social capital by strengthening community connections with our collaborators and visitors. This is a continual process of bonding within preexisting social groups and bridging between groups and individuals who might not usually interact.
- Invite Active Participation: offer opportunities for visitors to have meaningful, hands-on, cultural experiences in which they act as contributors and co-creators, not just consumers.
- Connect People to Creativity and Art: ignite active exploration of creativity and new artistic processes.
- Connect People to Local History and Culture: deepen connections between visitors and the local history and culture of Santa Cruz County.
We invite and welcome your help in meeting these goals and strive to continuously refresh our learning and efforts towards their fulfillment. We see these goals as part of an open community dialogue. If you are interested in collaborating for an upcoming program or have feedback about a previous event, please feel free to email Stacey Marie Garcia, firstname.lastname@example.org.