Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History

For Performing Arts And Community Engagement Programs

  • Amount
  • Program
  • Date Awarded
  • Term
    36 Months
  • Type of Support
    General Support/Program
The Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History is community gathering space dedicated to presenting art and history exhibitions, performances, festivals, educational presentations, and outreach programs in collaboration with many community partners from the city and county of Santa Cruz. In a typical year, the organization offers over 140 art events and 220 school programs to more than 120,000 people. The grant will support the organization’s performing arts and community engagement activities, and aligns with the Performing Arts Program’s Communities strategy.
About the Grantee
705 Front Street, Santa Cruz, CA, 95060, United States
Grants to this Grantee
for the 2022 50 Arts Commissions for Media Arts  
In recognition of the Hewlett Foundation’s 50th anniversary, the Hewlett 50 Arts Commissions initiative supports the creation and premiere of 50 exceptional works of performing arts. This grant will support the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History at the McPherson Center in developing and presenting lead artist Susana Ruiz’s “The Last Chinatown.” The project will culminate in a performance and augmented reality experience that will explore the erasure of Santa Cruz’s historic Chinatown and its connections to xenophobia and anti-Asian violence.
to further integrate performing arts in community engagement programs  
The Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History spent 2011 reinventing itself as a thriving, central gathering place where local residents and visitors can experience art, history, ideas, and culture. A core component of these activities is a suite of free and low-cost community programs, in which performance and performing artists play a central role. In the museum’s most recent fiscal year, 63 percent of its 37,000 visitors attended participatory events. With this grant, the museum plans to deepen the role of performing arts in community programs and create a residency and training program for performing artists interested in strengthening their community engagement practices.
for further integration of performing arts in community engagement programs  
The Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History is a vibrant cultural hub, presenting not only art and historic artifacts, but also offering a robust year-round calendar of performances, workshops, and community events. The Museum’s community engagement strategies have drawn national and international attention, and it is a leader in training other organizations to better engage, inspire, and include communities with which they seek to work. Through active participation in the arts, free programming in public spaces, and thoughtful community engagement, the museum reaches 148,000 people each year.

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