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3rd Friday April: Earth Day Jubilee





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EarthdaylogoCelebrate Earth Day by making earth art and nature crafts. Learn more about our local natural history, environmental issues and how to live a more sustainable lifestyle from local artists and organizations.  Sketch native plants and fossils with illustration artists from the Santa Cruz Natural History Museum. Create your own butterfly wings, felt foliage garlands and animal masks.  Learn more about local environmental issues and the ways you can help. Make collaborative land art and earth art with local artists or make sculptures from recyclable materials. Make wood mosaics out of recycled wood scraps or paint your own designs. Connect with nature through music in a Community Drumming Session with Jim Greiner of Hands-On! Drumming® : 5:30-6PM and 6:15-6:45PM. Communicating, collaborating and celebrating through rhythm in Abbott Square. Or channel nature through movement in drop-in, all age level Yoga led by DiviniTree Yoga in our Sculpture Garden from 5:30-7:30PM

33_2010-miradas-4Environmental artist, Sandy Sudar is visiting from Argentina and will lead a collaborative land art installation with visitors in the back patio, raises awareness about saving some of our  local pollinators, monarchs and bees. The activity will connect participants with elements of nature and unfurl fabrics as large brushes of color into the landscape of the MAH, representing air, land, water and even the participants. Save Upper Campus will bring the magic of the forest to community members through art workshops that encourage visitors to develop a stronger bond with the integral part of our larger ecosystem the Upper Campus holds. Art inspired by upper campus and discussions will explore our role and responsibility to the larger ecosystem, re-imagining a sense of place and stewardship.

Save our Shores will share upcycled single use plastic art and discuss plastics pollution with visitors. The City of Santa Cruz Public Works will lead an activity on waste reduction. Decorate bags made from tshirts with Hannah Hodgson and UCSC students.

Kid Happy Hr Logono color*Introducing Kid Happy Hour, art activities specifically for families with young children from 3:30-5PM with DIY dirt cups, animal masks, leaf critters, cardboard forests, butterfly wings, egg carton caterpillars and bug antenna headbands.

Thank you to the following collaborators who have made this event possible: Santa Cruz Natural History Museum, Jim Greiner, Hands-On! Drumming®, Coastal Watershed Council, Santa Cruz Parks and Recreation, Linda Cover, Deborah McArthur, Irene O’Connell, Barbara Benish, Peter Szydlowski, Sandy Sudar, Save our Shores, Rachel Kippen, The City of Santa Cruz: Green Focus, Mary Simmons, Delilah Moon, Mira Michelle, PICA at UCSC, Heidi Cramer,The City of Santa Cruz Public Works, Marn Arman, Hannah Hodgson, Crystal Birns, Rachel Kaufman, Nina Moore, DiviniTree YogaSave Upper Campus, Irene O’Connell, Jessie James, Cat, Michael Logue, Ecology Action, The Coastal Watershed Council, Friends of Santa Cruz State Parks, SS PaloAlto Art Park Project.