CommonGround: A Festival of Place-Inspired, Outdoor Work

Explore the creative terrain of CommonGround, the MAH's new biennial festival

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August 6, 2021 - January 2, 2022

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3rd Floor

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Developed in partnership with Santa Cruz-based skateboard company NHS, this exhibition will highlight the largest collection of Jim Phillips studio art, largely unseen since 1984.

Debuting at the MAH, will launch the worldwide tour of this exhibition which will travel throughout 2021.

Artists & Projects

MAH & Abbott Square
Sep 16–17 / FREE

The Writing on the Wall
By Hank Willis Thomas & Dr. Baz Dreisinger
Davenport Jail
Sep 16–25 / FREE

By Daniel Ruanova & Ignacio Ornelas
Farmers’ Markets
Sep 21–25 / FREE

The Language of Birds
By Carolyn Chen, Natalie Jenkins, & Indexical
Evergreen Cemetery & Wagner Grove
Sep 22–24 / FREE & Admission

By MCXT (Monica Canilao & Xara Thustra)
Soquel Creek, Capitola Village
Sep 24; 7:30pm / FREE

The Land of Milk and Honey
Solari Gallery, MAH
Sep 1–Dec 31 / $10 Suggested Admission

LOOM:FIELD Exhibition
By I.B. Bayo
Atrium, MAH
Sep 16–25 / FREE

Refocusing Ecology
By Martabel Wasserman
Location TBA, Downtown Santa Cruz
Sep 16–Dec 31 / FREE

Presented with support from

With additional funding provided by
City of Santa Cruz; Creative Work Fund; Indexical; New England Foundation for the Arts; The Humanities Institute at UC Santa Cruz; and the Institute of the Arts and Sciences at UC Santa Cruz as part of its Visualizing Abolition Initiative, funded by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

Related Exhibition

Sep 1, 2022 – Dec 31, 2022

Land of Milk & Honey

Strange Weather brings together works by influential artists from the 20th and 21st century that creatively illuminate and reframe the boundaries of bodies and the environment.

Oct 14, 2022 – Feb 24, 2023

Artists in Residence

The MAH welcomes Monica Canilao and Xara Thustra, the collaborative duo behind MCXT, back to Santa Cruz for a hybrid residency that melts arts and history into a kaleidoscopic experience of our present moment.

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