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3rd Friday: Design and Innovation





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Bring your bright ideas to a buzzing think and making tank of eclectic design and innovation. Explore, test, make, and invent projects with engineers, entrepreneurs, artists, and other out-of-the-box-thinkers.

Get lost in an interactive Nomadic Labyrinth by Bay Area Artist  Paz de la Calzada. The Nomadic Labyrinth consists of large pieces of precisely cut carpet. Inspired in an Arabic floral pattern, the recycled carpets used in this design create an intricate and meditative environment that explores the integration of drawing and architecture. People are invited to walk, play, and meditate in this urban walkable path and experience art as a transformational tool.

Ever wondered what your brainwaves look and sound like? Check out artists Andrew Meave and Blair Crissman’s interactive installation “Ravel” on the 3rd floor, which will pick up your brainwaves and translate them into light displays and soundscapes. Make games out of everyday materials with local UCSC artist John Mawhorter in a Play Design Workshop, design your dream home with shoebox dioramas, and see if you can build the tallest toothpick tower of the night with 25 toothpicks and marshmallows. Interested in graphic design and What does the face of Santa Cruz look like? Renowned and local graphic designer Ted Holladay will be taking photos of visitor’s faces, and digitally layering them on a 50″ screen to see how the images evolve through overlapping. Folks will be able to see and learn more about the process.

Come have fun and interact with robots, build & design with LEGOs, help make a stop-motion clay animated movie, connect technology with digital art, AND design an amusement park with folks from Learn to Discover, a non-profit that pushes us to ask how things work and why things work the way they do. Engineer projects in wind power, foam coasters, and jigabots with students and faculty from the Cabrillo College Engineering Department. And want to shake things up? Try building a structure that can withstand an earthquake… Galileo, and Innovation Camp for Kids, challenges you to build a structure sturdy enough to withstand an earthquake and test your structure’s strength in different soil types, such as sand, bedrock, and gravel.

Don’t miss Kid Happy Hour with art activities just for kids from 4-5PM in the classroom. Come build a robot, experiment with redesigning rocks, and get the wackiest hat custom designed by the Balloon Art Brigade! Join the Santa Cruz Children’s Museum of Discovery as they share a Gear Wall for visitors to tinker with.

HUGE thanks to all our collaborators you make these events happen: Jo-Ann Panzardi, Kelli Horner, Karl Ewald, Karen Groppi, Andrew Meave, Blair Crissman, John Mawhorter, Peter Mawhorter, David Kant, Nelda Kerr, Elisabeth Donley, Michael Lane, Juli Ashdown, Ted Holladay, Paz de la Calzada, Lauren Bryant, Shelly Laschkewitsch, Brian Laschkewitsch, Learn to Discover, Santa Cruz Children’s Museum of Discovery, Galileo: Innovation Camps for Kids, and the Cabrillo Engineering Department.



The Nomadic Labyrinth is Funded by the Cultural Equity Grants and San Francisco Arts Commission

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