The Museum of Art & History at the McPherson Center

Free Events

To learn more about an event or register, please click on the event title.

Crafternoon: Postcards with Kids Art Congress

Tue, Jun 27, 2017, 3–5 pm

Make creative postcards to send to your representatives with Kids Art Congress at this week’s Crafternoon. Make civic engagement fun by decorating postcards and send them in to your representatives with Kids Art Congress. You’ll meet new friends in your community and talk about civics with kids in a fun and constructive way. All ages welcome.

Secret Garden Storytime

Thu, Jun 29, 2017, 10  am–11 pm

Join us for this monthly storytime series in partnership with Santa Cruz Public Libraries that’s perfect for kids.  We’ll read books, sing songs & enjoy the magic of the Secret Garden!

First Friday: Lost Childhoods Exhibition Opening

Fri, Jul 7, 2017, 5–9 pm

  Explore an all-new exhibition about foster youth, made with foster youth.  Lost Childhoods: Voices of Santa Cruz County Foster Youth and the Foster Youth Museum showcases the stories, struggles, and triumphs of youth who are aging out of foster care. You will see personal belongings of foster youth, stunning photography by Ray Bussolari, and four different art installations foster youth created with artists Bridget Henry, Melody Overstreet, Elliott Taylor, and Nada Miljkovic.   STREET CLOSURE ON COOPER ST | 5-9PM…

Community Rental: Solidarity Sundays

Sun, Jul 9, 2017, 2–4 pm

Want to host your event at the MAH? Find how more here. Or contact the Event Operations Catalyst at   Join us for Santa Cruz Solidarity Sundays!*As always, please bring your laptops, chargers, and phones* This event is public. What is Solidarity Sundays? SOLIDARITY SUNDAYS (SolSun) is an inclusive, action-oriented, virtual + real life activist group. Our focus is a series of monthly meetings (the 2nd Sunday of every month) dedicated to empowering rad women (& the men who support…

Indigenous Landscapes; Talks About Land Management with the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band

Tue, Jul 11, 2017, 6–8 pm

  How can we learn from indigenous land management practices to protect public lands today? Join us for talks from Amah Mutsun Tribal Band Chairman Valentin Lopez, Kent Lightfoot, Ek Ong Kar, and Mark Hylkema to learn how lessons rooted in tribal practices can directly contribute to new protocols for managing public spaces.     Native Californians established productive landscapes, using fire to enhance the quantity and diversity of plant and animal communities. Now, a collaborative team of scholars from…