Art for the Community
The hood of an old truck painted with neon roses. A woven Maidu basket pulled from the museum’s archives. Visitors drawing, stamping and conversing as they create their own artwork to add to the exhibit. “Infinite Other” presents an immersive installation where visitors are encouraged…
LEDs Over Ivory Towers
When the sun set on downtown Santa Cruz last Friday night, local artists and organizers replaced the darkness with bright lights, interactive digital art exhibits and genre-bending performance art. The Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History (MAH) transformed into an alternate universe for GLOW:…
The Art of Remedy
When Dr. Tracee Laing traveled to Haiti with suitcases full of medication, she wondered what to do with the empty luggage she’d be left with on her flight home. Her proximity to a community that produced beautiful, intricate metalwork inspired her to fill her suitcase…
Art as Sanctuary
From handcrafted painting frames to a rusty and decrepit metal door in front of the entrance, “The Cell and the Sanctuary: Art and Incarceration” features art made by various individuals incarcerated in California’s prison system. The exhibit at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and…
A Day of Remembrance, Culture and Celebration
by Pamela Avila and Georgina Sandoval Death carries with it connotations of finality, darkness and mourning. However, Día de los Muertos (Day of the Dead) breaks the melancholy mold of death as it transforms it into a celebration of the life and legacy of…
MAH Redesigning Abbott Square
A $250,000 grant gives the Museum of Art & History (MAH) the opportunity to reinvent Abbott Square into a central spot for Santa Cruzans visiting downtown. Staff at the MAH have been working to put together the plan to revitalize its outdoor real estate by mid-2015.
MAH Breaks Through Museum Mold
Upon entering the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History (MAH) on the initial First Friday of the new year, students, families and experienced Santa Cruz locals alike discovered a lobby full of toy train choo-choos and chatter.
Winners of Fellowship Exhibit Eclectic Work
Every day for the next month and a half, Rocky Lewycky is systematically destroying one of the ceramic animals of his installation art on display at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History (MAH).
Santa Cruz Celebrates Día de los Muertos
The Santa Cruz community came together last Friday to celebrate deceased loved ones through different types of memorabilia and artistic expression.
Wharf’s Long History Sparks Communal Interest and Celebration
The Museum of Art and History (MAH) will partner up with the Santa Cruz Wharf in celebration of its 100th year anniversary, kicking off the centennial season with a community-interactive “pop up museum” beginning Oct. 12.