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CommonGround: A Festival of Place-Inspired, Outdoor Work

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Friday, September 16, 2022 (all day)

Across Santa Cruz County

Mostly FREE

Visit CommonGround Page

CommonGround is a new biennial festival of place-inspired, outdoor work hosted in locations throughout Santa Cruz County, from downtown plazas and nearby waterways to forested hillsides and historical landmarks.

Focused on temporary and performative public art projects in rural, urban, and architectural space, the 10-day event features site-responsive installations and interventions across the area’s natural and built environments, connecting people, stories, and landscapes.

CommonGround is a mostly free event. While the majority of works can be visited at no cost, some festival performances are ticketed and there is a small admission fee to the MAH to view supporting exhibitions and installations.

Museum Admission

Adults: $10, Children: $5
MAH Members: FREE

Visit the CommonGround event page.

Artists & Schedule

Sep 16, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm
Sep 17, 1pm, 3pm, 5pm
MAH & Abbott Square / FREE

The Writing on the Wall
By Hank Willis Thomas & Dr. Baz Dreisinger
Sep 16, 17, 18, 23, 24, 25, 12–3pm
Additional viewing on Saturdays through spring 2023
Davenport Jail, 70 Center Street, Davenport / FREE

The Land of Milk and Honey

Sep 16–18, 12-6pm
Sep 22–25, 12-6pm
Additional viewing through December 31, 2022
MAH Solari Gallery / Suggested Admission $10

Weaving Aso Ofo
By I.B. Bayo
Sep 16-18; 12-6pm
Sep 22-25; 12-6pm
MAH Atrium / FREE

Refocusing Ecology

By Martabel Wasserman
Sep 17-18, 1-4pm
Sep 20, 4-7pm
Sep 21, 10am-1pm
Sep 22, 4-7pm
Little Giant Collective, 115 River St / FREE

By Daniel Ruanova & Ignacio Ornelas
Farmers’ Market Tour
Sep 21; 1–6pm / Downtown Santa Cruz / FREE
Sep 23; 2–7pm / Watsonville / FREE
Sep 25; 9am–1pm / Live Oak / FREE

The Language of Birds
By Carolyn Chen, Natalie Jenkins, & Indexical
Sep 22, 23, 24
Viewings: 12–5pm / FREE
Performances: 5–6pm / TICKETS
Evergreen Cemetery & Wagner's Grove


Sep 24; 7pm
Capitola's Lighted Nautical Parade, Soquel Creek
Esplanade Park / FREE

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