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3rd Friday: Beyond Borders





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Break through borders of all kinds alongside inspiring local organizations fighting for political, cultural and artistic justice.

Engage with community activism through hands-on workshops, demonstrations and performances. Come together with your community to discover that the ties that connect us are much stronger than the lines that keep us apart.

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6:00-6:35pm: Orchestra Music Participatory Performance with El Sistema: Enjoy a performance then participate in a workshop and communal performance led by El Sistema artists. El Sistema music programs are designed to improve the life trajectory of youth as a paradigm for social change.

6:45 – 7:05pm: Concierto del Consulado General de México en San José: Enjoy musical performances by four different composers from Mexico.

7:10-7:40pm: ​Centeotl Danza y Baile and Ensamble Musical​ with Senderos: Senderos’ dance group, Centeotl Danza y Baile, will perform traditional folkloric dances from regions in Mexico, and their youth band, Ensamble Musical will perform traditional Banda de Viento music Senderos is a multi-service nonprofit creating pathways to success with the Latino community by sharing cultural arts and by fostering education opportunities. 

7:45-8:00pm: Shamisen performance by local shamisen musician, Kyle Abbott

8:05-9:00pm: Dance Participatory Performance with Creative Young Artists: Enjoy a dance by youth, learn some dance moves, and share them with visitors in a communal dance off. Creative Young Artists is a collective based in Watsonville, CA where access to safe spaces and creative outlets is a challenge, but one they are more than ready to take on. Their first initiative, “Heal for Real” is a mobile visual and performing arts studio! Their converted bus will be used to activate creativity throughout the community and serve as a hub for creative youth in Watsonville for generations to come.


6:00-7:00pm: Poetry Readings by Puente Project at Cabrillo College. Hear and learn how to share personal narratives of identity and growth as a person of color in the USA.


6:15-7:00pm: Japanese folk tales with storyteller Megumi


ALL NIGHT!: Tamales and Drinks by Senderos. Senderos will be selling Tamales (chicken and vegetarian), Tejate (a traditional Oaxacan beverage), sodas, and water in the Front Street entrance front patio.



Participate in exciting activities with the Japanese Cultural Fair Santa Cruz such as Tanzako, where you can write your wishes hung on bamboo in preparation for Tanabata, calligraphy with Emiko Case, and origami.

Engage in the Whisper Wall, a communal art project, to deconstruct mental health stigma with MAH’s teen activist group Subject to Change (S2C). S2C will also be collecting supplies to distribute to homeless youth. Please bring your toiletries, period care products, contraceptives, pillows, blankets, warm hats, and non-perishable food to donate!

Share your work experience in Santa Cruz County with the Economic Justice Alliance (EJA). EJA works to raise awareness of and enforcing existing worker rights, engaging and empowering low-wage workers, increasing the minimum wage, strengthening worker and work-family rights and building cross-sector community alliances.

Reel Work Film Festival Shorts with The Reel Work May Day Labor Film Festival. The Reel Work May Day Labor Film Festival takes place in California’s central coast each year during the week of May First. Reel Work presents cultural events, bringing together award-winning documentary film producers, workers, activists, students, and the public with the goal of increasing community awareness of the central role of work in our lives, and economic and global justice.

ICE raids in Santa Cruz: standing together as a community during challenging times screening and dialogue with film director and Sanctuary Santa Cruz.

Learn a Story, Share a Story with the Santa Cruz Public Libraries.

Contribute your dreams and visions of social justice with student leaders from El Centro: Chicano Latino Resource Center through storytelling.

Share your message of how the sciences are a part of your life and put it on a sign with March for Science Santa Cruz.

Produce your image and word that capture who you are and how you live in Portraits and Pathways to Common Ground with Meg Sandow and Mary Beth Curley. Participants will have the opportunity to identify connections with others and share their perspectives about others’ ideas.

Learn about the ancient history of Tibetan tradition and create your own prayer flag with the Kunsang Gar Center.

Engage in a science experiment with UC Santa Cruz Chapter: Society for Advancement of Chicanos/Hispanics and Native Americans in Science (SACNAS). Create a Magic Milk Painting and learn how to create a lava lamp!

What does it mean to be a healthy kid? Go beyond the plate and building a mosaic of your favorite healthy food or activity. Hear more about health and accessibility with Bitsy’s Brainfood and take home some delicious and nutritious Smart Crackers.

Make, Create, Build, Hack, Repeat Jumping Cups the Annual Santa Cruz Mini Maker Faire, a space that celebrates the inventiveness of our community and allows creators and tinkerers to showcase their work to Santa Cruz!

Check out the 3rd Friday: Beyond Borders program here!