The Museum of Art & History at the McPherson Center

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3rd Friday: Games and Folklore





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Once Upon a time there was a world of magic, games, storytelling, music, trolls, enchanted forests, ancient lore, and more. Now that world is being brought to the MAH for one night on our upcoming 3rd Friday, Games and Folklore. This event explores the act of play and story from diverse traditions and cultures:

Come be part of the world of Japanese percussion with the Watsonville Taiko Group. As our current Participatory Artists in Residence, The Watsonville Taiko group invites visitors of all ages to take part in a very special performance  that will tell the story on how the Big Dipper came to be through storytelling, noise making, and music made by YOU.
Join us for the following:
4:45-5:45 –  Workshops in Abbott Square: Make a fish and/or Noise Maker, learn sounds that will create a soundscape for the final performance
5:45-6:15 – Rehearsal in Abbott Square *Sign up early at the event to be part of the performance.

6:20-6:50 – PERFORMANCE

Play Checkers like you’ve never played before. Artist Aimee Santos will install an enormous checker board and invite people to play checkers not just with their hands, but with their whole body. Santos piece, titled “Live, Laugh, Love,” explores how art can be a tool to encourage communication and social interaction in a time when people are so reliant on electronics and social media. And that’s not the only game that you can step inside. The Santa Cruz Children’s Museum of Discovery will create a LIFE SIZE board game that will snake inside our History Gallery, turning the gallery into a playground for the adventurous. Visit our Mythical Make-Over Station, where you can get painted like your favorite fantasy creature (monster, princess, troll, witch, elf, fairy, and more…) from talented body artist Brenda Leach and make cardboard armor and unicorn horns. And don’t be scared to carve daggers and witness brutal battle with a live Amtgard demonstration from The Duchy of Wavehaveor rock/nerd out with Tabletop Demos and Games by Comicopolis and Mythic Games.

Be awed by Estrellas de Esperanza Children’s Mexican Folk Dance Group, who will perform at 6pm in the Atrium and UCSC dance group Grupo Folklorico Los Mejicas who will perform in Abbott Square from 7:15-8pm.

Be taken into another world by local legendary Storyteller Erica Lann-Clark and puppeteer storytellers Patti Shimokawa, Edisione Barreto de Almeida, and Audrianne Taylor. The Three Puppeteers will perform stories and rhymes delightfully brought to life with a cast of handmade puppets. Nourish your heart and imagination with the worlds oldest form of entertainment.


Don’t miss Kid Happy Hour with art activities just for kids from 4-5PM in the classroom. This 3rd Friday, our classroom will transform into an enchanted forest where families can make fairy houses and troll terrariums, toilet paper tube trolls and Big Foot feet! Come stomp into the most magical and mythical world we’ve had yet!

  • I wanted to send a link to this event, but the way your Web site now works, the link only goes to the generic 3rd Friday page and will not let me specify this particular date…

  • martyspellerberg

    I love it! Wish I could be there.