We're Still Here

Experience what social isolation feels like in this powerful exhibition created by 186 seniors and advocates in our community.

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April 5th 2019 - January 12th 2020

Second Floor Solari Gallery

Experience what social isolation feels like in this powerful exhibition created by 186 seniors and advocates in our community.

Social isolation impacts all of us and is a growing health epidemic in our community. In 2017, people over 60 who reported feeling lonely saw a 45% increase in their risk of death and in that same year over 1 in 3 seniors in Santa Cruz reported feeling socially isolated. (Source)

Over the course of seven months, a community group of local seniors, advocates, and artists called C3 (the Creative Community Committee) poured their ideas, art, hopes, and stories together to create this inspiring exhibition. C3 created personal artwork about loneliness, brainstormed solutions to build connection and offered their words of wisdom for future generations.

Alongside incredible artworks, explore 45 action cards designed by C3 to offer solutions to this growing problem. Drive a senior to the grocery store. Translate written materials into Spanish for a monolingual elder. Donate an iPod for entertainment. If you have a special skill, offer it. Take home the action card/s that inspire you the most and you can help C3 create impactful change for seniors experiencing social isolation.

We're Still Here: Stories of Seniors and Social Isolation

“When we learned about this growing issue affecting senior health and well being, we felt the MAH was in a unique position to address it...

...We’re all about creating connections and hope to ignite stronger links between seniors and the larger Santa Cruz County community through this exhibition.”

- Stacey Marie Garcia, Director of Community Engagement

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In the News

"A California museum’s new exhibit dedicated to exploring loneliness among senior citizens serves as an example of how to combat the very problem it highlights. By recruiting local seniors to design the exhibit, the museum fostered conversations and prompted participants to forge bonds that helped reduce the very social isolation they were working to illustrate."

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