CommonGround: A Festival of Place-Inspired, Outdoor Work

Explore the adventurous terrain of the MAH's new biennial arts festival.

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September 16–25, 2021

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Across Santa Cruz County

CommonGround is a new biennial festival of place-inspired, outdoor work hosted in locations throughout Santa Cruz County, from downtown plazas and waterfronts 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 all outdoor installations and performances can be visited at no cost, there is a small entrance fee to the MAH, where some supporting exhibitions are hosted.

Participating artists and locations to be announced in early 2022.

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