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3rd Friday: Growth

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It’s time to grow up.

Not the kind of growing up where you get a job. Or are tall. Or make a bunch of money. We grow in so many more ways than that.

We grow through delicious local food and gardening. We grow through meditation and self-care. We grow through connecting with our cultural history.

Come grow at this 3rd Friday Festival through performances, hands-on workshops and demonstrations.

Connect with local food history with an early 19th century dinner party from The Santa Cruz Heritage Food Project and local Black history by buttonmaking with the Santa Cruz chapter of NAACP. Grow your care with massage from Rising Roots Wellness, who provide healthy therapeutic touch to incarcerated youth in SC Juvenile Hall and queer trans* students of color at UCSC. See growth and identity in motion with dance performances from Motion Pacific’s Camp Create.

Don’t miss Kid Happy Hour with art activities just for kids from 4-5PM in the classroom. Grow further with us by contributing to a paper plant installation within our classroom windows, seed your dreams amidst a wishing tree, or craft a garden glove (imagine this: creating a mini-green house right within a glove so that all sprouting and growing is visible for all eyes to see).

Click here for the full line-up of performances, activities and workshops.

 

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LIVE PERFORMANCES AND FOOD IN ABBOTT SQUARE:

Live Music by The NarratorsA mix of Folk Rock, Country, Cabaret and New Wave, The Narrators are an Acoustic Duo residing squarely in the present while paying homage to their past.

Dance Performance from Motion Pacific Camp Create: Campers from Motion Pacific’s Camp Create explored themes of growth and identity and will perform dances about roots, expanded comfort zones, and confidence.

Food from Antidotum: Antidotum strives to nourish our bodies, sharpen our minds, and achieve living at our fullest potential. Their menus changes with the seasons and features locally farmed and organic ingredients. Inspired by a variety of healing traditions and cultures, they will feature: organic, feel-good teas, raw, fresh-pressed juices, house-made, probiotic tonics, and health-conscious food pairings & treats.

DROP-IN WORKSHOPS AND INTERACTIVE EXPERIENCES:

Succulent Swap: Are you looking to diversify your succulent garden while helping others grow theirs? Bring down any clippings from your succulents and swap them with friends in Abbott Square.

Community Table with The Santa Cruz Heritage Food Project: The Santa Cruz Heritage Food Project Community Table will be set as an early 19th century dinner party with a center piece featuring the crops and foods of the Heritage Food Project. At each seat, place mats will be set to collect local recipes from participants. Another table will display information about the project including historic agricultural photos of the region.

Gardening with Mesa Verde Gardens: Plant a vegetable or flower seed to take home with Mesa Verde Gardens, an organization that helps hundreds of low-income families grow organic, self-reliant food systems.

Chair Massage with Rising Root Wellness: Rubi Shander and Marshall Payne are Certified Massage Therapist providing quality affordable massage care to marginalized residents of Santa Cruz County. Our current programs include providing healthy therapeutic touch to incarcerated youth in SC Juvenile Hall and Queer Trans People of Color students at UCSC. Rising Root Wellness seeks to multiply the accessibility of services by building a tranquil mobile massage studio.

Evolving Sounds by Darwin Arts: Step into an interactive ambient ecosystem of sound, synthesized using Darwinian evolution in software. Everything you hear is naturally selected, not designed.

Chaotic Pixel Growth Patterns with David Van Brink: We’ve all heard that simple rules can give rise to complex behaviors. This interactive installation puts you in control of a simple system with complex and really fun visual behaviors. You will be able to create hypnotic patterns by manipulation the controls, which will be projected on a large screen.

Here I am Growing with Motion Pacific Camp Create:  How do our memories help us grow? Write a word from a memory and tape it to the floor throughout the museum. Dancers will bring your memories to life with improvised movement.

Art for Healing with Wendy Traber from WomenCARE: Let yourself go wild and connect with your inner selves through open-ended art making and play.

Creativity and Mindfulness: Fuel for Growth with Insight Santa Cruz: Explore mindful writing and art experiences to taste how the convergence of mindfulness and creativity can fuel growth and well being.

From the Cushion to the Canvas with Odin Cortes Cabrera: Practice three minutes of sitting in mindfulness meditation and then draw, paint or write without judging whatever arises in the moment.

Button Making with the NAACP: Learn about the history of the NAACP local chapter in Santa Cruz, connect with members, help grow the NAACP membership, and make your own buttons!

Pen-do-Chronology with Trevor Tubelle: Help make an interactive ink drawing with Bay Area Artist and UCSC lecturer Trevor Tubelle. Trevor will make a “Time Spiral” and you can join the process by using methods of chance (such as rolling dice) and serendipity (spills, drips and mistakes) to guide your marks.

Community Garden and Growth Story Corps with The Santa Cruz Community Health Centers:  Write a letter to your past, present, or future self on paper flowers and plant them in a growing story garden. Read your letters out loud for the story corps booth. Your recorded letters will be stored in the Library of Congress where others will be able to listen to your stories.

Slice of Life Recipes with Pie for the People–Santa Cruz: Share your recipes for building community and self growth on paper pie slices and help bake community pie artworks. Pie for the People is a seasonal community pie potluck that benefits grassroots non-profits.

Growing the Bike Movement with Bikes Santa Cruz County: Help plan and redesign urban biking in Santa Cruz with interactive models. Come show us where you walk and roll, and how we can help improve your active transportation journey.

DIY soil with the Homeless Garden ProjectMake you own soil, check out a worm display, and take home your very own potted herb.

Positive Postcards with NAMI Santa CruzWhen people have a mental health crisis, family and friends frequently don’t know how to respond.  Conversely, when a physical health crisis occurs, friends and family may bring casseroles or get well soon cards. Write and decorate cards of encouragement, hope and recovery for those = struggling with mental illness with the National Alliance for Mental Illness. We’ll take the cards to the BHU during our “In Our Own Voice” presentations, letting people know that our Community is pulling for them.

The Rose that Grew from Concrete with Friends Outside: Friends Outside will be conducting a participatory activity making roses out of toilet paper, which is a common craft within our Santa Cruz County jails. There will also be the opportunity to contribute to a collaborative project on how we as a community can help support formerly incarcerated individuals with their reentry.

TentMaking with the Gallery Hosts: Make a tent from paper and toothpicks while the gallery hosts discuss the growth of the Santa Cruz Boardwalk: especially during the Summer because of the growth of rail travel & Santa Cruz as a booming tourist destination. The tent is from the tent city that used to exist near the Boardwalk where tourists once stayed.

Growth of a River with the Coastal Watershed CouncilExplore how rivers are formed in this activity with the the Coastal Watershed Council, but watch out for flooding if the river grows too big.

Don’t miss Kid Happy Hour with art activities just for kids from 4-5PM in the classroom. Grow further with us by contributing to a paper plant installation within our classroom windows, seed your dreams amidst a wishing tree, or craft a garden glove (imagine this: creating a mini-green house right within a glove so that all sprouting and growing is visible for all eyes to see).

 

Every 3rd Friday we collaborate with community members on participatory art and history events for all ages. Contact Nora Grant if you want to collaborate at norag@santacruzmah.org

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