Saturday, September 5, 2009

DIY Art Guide to Santa Cruz

Meaningful projects begin with people who are motivated to put into action their desires for the kind of world in which they want to live. The more we create our own projects that are apart from and in some cases pose a direct challenge to the dominant institutions, the more vital and meaningful our world(s) will be for us. Here is a short list of some of these kinds of projects in Santa Cruz.

Free Radio Santa Cruz - 101.1 FM
Free Radio Santa Cruz has been on the air since 1995 without a license, broadcasting 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year, in defiance of federal regulations. Broadcasting programs unavailable on corporate controlled stations. 101.1 FM. 831-427-3772.

Free Skool Santa Cruz
Free Skool Santa Cruz is a completely grassroots, collective effort to create an autonomous, mutual-support network. It is a direct challenge to institutional control and the commodification of learning. Free Skool frequently hosts art and music workshops.  Free Skool calendars are distributed widely in public places around Santa Cruz.

Guerilla Drive-In
Santa Cruz Guerilla Drive-In is an outdoor movie theater under the stars that springs up in the fields and industrial wastelands. Beyond showing great movies and bringing a broad community together, GDI reclaims public space and transforms our urban environment. Often shows locally made shorts before the show, and supports local art events.  Schedule online.

Poetry Santa Cruz
Poetry Santa Cruz is dedicated to nurturing the poetry community
and bringing poetry to the larger community in Santa Cruz County.
We present poetry readings, craft workshops for poets and provide
information on poetry events and selected other events which may
be of interest to the community. Online.

Santa Cruz Indymedia
Web-based local news and info source, focused on local issues and the direct impact of larger issues on our community. On Santa Cruz Indymedia you can easily publish articles, audio, photography, and video. A good place to announce or read about art and action happenings locally.  Your stories and analysis go right up on the newswire. Online.

Santa Cruz Trash Orchestra
Santa Cruz Trash Orchestra is a performance and marching percussion band, whose instruments are composed exclusively of recycled and reclaimed materials, focused on anarchist and anti-authoritarian struggles and mutual support for groups making radical social change.

SubRosa: a community space
SubRosa is a space for art and radical projects run by a collective of volunteers from the local anarchist community. It offers anarchist books and literature, local, gourmet coffee, performance and a weekly open mic, gallery art by emerging local artists, and a garden courtyard social space. It also hosts the Anarchist Lending Library, free computers, and many free skool classes. 703 Pacific Ave.

Thrift Stores
A City on a Hill article about local thrift outlets, the well from which many of us draw raw materials for sculpture and fiber art creations.

Of course there is much more going on around town than this short list encompasses. Keep your eyes and ears open; talk to others (word of mouth is the best way to find out what’s going on) and look for flyers around town (a great DIY way to spread the word). Also, if you discover that there is that vital something not happening here, then do-it-yourself and spread-the-word (collaborate with allies with similar passions). Let’s joyfully tear down the world around us and create something wonderful in its place.

Something missing here?  Send email to with an update or comment below.


Wes Modes on September 29, 2009 at 12:43 PM said...

What is missing here? Is there some awesome DIY art effort, we've callously neglected? Tell us.

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