Creative Community Committee

The Creative Community Committee (aka C3) is a group of diverse representatives from Santa Cruz County who work together to tackle issues in our community. It’s a leadership network for creative, action-oriented people who want to build a stronger, more connected Santa Cruz.

A project of the MAH, C3 is a way to infuse our exhibitions and programs with varied perspectives, creative ideas, and relevant partnerships. Our community drives all of our work at the MAH. C3 is like jet fuel for us.

The Cohorts


We're Still Here: Stories of Seniors and Social Isolation

Mah Seniors

In Santa Cruz County, 1 in 3 seniors report struggling with feelings of isolation and depression. These seniors feel alone, detached from family, friends, and the community.

Opening soon, the exhibition We're Still Here shares these stories and was entirely created by 100 local seniors, organizations, and advocates. Everything from the art to the events to the layout was designed by them.


Advocacy Inc.
Calworks Emergency Payment Program
Care From the Heart In Home Service Inc
Child and Family Rights Advocates of Santa Cruz County
Cid Pearlman
City of Santa Cruz
Community Action Board
Community Bridges Lift Line
Community Foundation of Santa Cruz County
County of Santa Cruz
CSUMB student
Davenport Resource Service Center
Dientes Community Dental Care
Downtown Senior Center, Louden Nelson Community Center
Elder Errands
Elderday Adult Day Health Care & Seniors Commission member
Famility Service Agency of the Central Coast
Food Not Bombs
Grey Bears
Health Projects Center
Health Services Agency
Hospice Santa Cruz County
In Home Supportive Services

Insight Santa Cruz
Lifespan Care
Meals on Wheels, Community Bridges
Media Watch
Mount Madonna Center
Osher Lifelong Learners
Peace of Mind Dog Rescue
Raging Granny Singing Group
Rock Steady Boxing
Santa Cruz County Board of Supervisors
Santa Cruz County Human Services Department
Santa Cruz Parkinson's Group, EASEPD Inc.
Santuario Santa Cruz
Senior Network Services
Seniors Council of Santa Cruz & San Benito Counties
Stanford University
Sunshine Villa Assisted Living
The Diversity Center of Santa Cruz County
Veterans Services
Village Santa Cruz Founder
Vista Center for the Blind & Visually Impaired
Volunteer Center of Santa Cruz County
Yoga For All Movement


Lost Childhoods: Voices of Santa Cruz County Foster Youth and the Foster Youth Museum

Mah C3 Meeting

In 2017, C3 members worked together to create Lost Childhoods, an art exhibition about foster youth, made with foster youth. The exhibition ran from July 7 – December 31, 2017, highlighted stories from local foster youth, and invited our community to get involved.

Over 4,500 community members visited the Lost Childhoods exhibit on opening night, and over 6,000 more people visited the nation’s largest collection of art, artifacts, and video portraits about youth experiences in foster care.

The Impact

Lost Childhoods had a significant impact on transition age foster youth and our community.

71,253 visitors experienced the exhibition

Many described the exhibition as “moving” and “life-changing.”

133 people co-created Lost Childhoods

They were 74 current and former foster youth, 55 foster youth advocates, and 4 artists.

355 people took action to help.

Whether you baked a cake or hired a youth, many Santa Cruzans offered support for the foster youth community.


Americans Listen to Each Other
Artists on Art
Bridget Mary Henry
CA Assembly
Cabrillo College/ Program Coordinator
California Youth Connection
CalWORKS, Foster Youth Cabrillo College
Camp Opportunity
CASA (Court Appointed Special Advocates) of Santa Cruz County
Claraty Arts
County of Santa Cruz Child and Adolescent Mental Health Services
County of Santa Cruz Family and Children Services
County of Santa Cruz Human Services Department
Danielle Peters
District Director for Assemblymember Mark Stone
Embroideries by Stef
Encompass Transition Age Youth Services
Family & Childrens Services of Santa Cruz County

Food, What?!
Foster Youth Museum/California Youth Connection
Juvenile Justice Delinquency Prevention Commission
Mariposas Art
Melody Overstreet
New Families, Inc.
Radical Play
Raphael Arar
Resource Center for NonviolenceRose Sellery
Salud y Cariño
Santa Cruz COE/CASA
Santa Cruz County HSD, Family and Children’s Services Division
Santa Cruz County Office of Education Foster Ed Program
Senti-Pensante Connections
The Smith Renaissance Society
United Way of Santa Cruz County
University of San Francisco Museum Studies Graduate Program
Walnut Avenue Womens Center
Youth Violence Prevention Task Force

Create Your Own
Issue-driven Exhibition

If you’re an organization—museum, library, or cultural center—that wants to host and develop these kinds of projects, our toolkit is for you.

Inside the 50-page ebook, you’ll find templates, checklists, and helpful tips to build a high-impact exhibition on an issue that matters in your community. We give you advice on how to scale the exhibition to fit your organization’s size, scope, and mission.

Download it Here

In the Press

Featured press about the Lost Childhoods exhibition

"Maybe it’s time to add something to the official name of Santa Cruz’s primarily arts institution – something along the lines of 'The Museum of Art, History and Social Activism.'"

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Some museum exhibitions invite attendees to feel, others to think. An all-new exhibition at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History goes a step further by empowering attendees to act.

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C3 Needs You

We’re always on the lookout for people who want to get things done—people who care deeply about creating a stronger and more connected Santa Cruz County.

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