building stories: secret spatial histories of santa cruz

As part of a three month exhibition titled “Work in Progress,” at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History (MAH), the building collective has been invited to create an installation that explores spatial stories of santa cruz.

PROJECT SUMMARY
The building collective is interested in exploring and transforming spaces. For Work in Progress, we will transform the space of the museum by filling it with secret histories excavated from everyday spaces throughout Santa Cruz. Every other week, we will invite amature historians, story makers, accidental geographers, and other participants to the museum to drink coffee, eats snacks, and create shared spatial histories by sharing stories in a shared space. These shared histories will become a giant concept map drawn on the walls that will serve as a record of these meetings and explore connections between the social and material practices that continually recreate the spaces we inhabit. Do you know a secret something about Santa Cruz? Share it.

PLACES
UC Santa Cruz
Far Westside / Lighthouse Field
San Lorenzo River and its levees
Midtown / Seabright / Branciforte
Beach Flats / Boardwalk
Downtown

DATES (6 Meetings)
December 14th: Setup
December 21st: Downtown. 2-6 pm. 5-6pm facilitated conversation with specially invited guests.
Jan 11st: Westside. 2-6 pm. 5-6pm facilitated conversation with specially invited guests.
Jan 25: UC Santa Cruz and the greenbelt. 2-6 pm. 5-6pm facilitated conversation with specially invited guests.
Feb 8: the mighty San Lorenzo River and its levees. 2-6 pm. 5-6pm facilitated conversation with specially invited guests.
Feb 22: Midtown / Seabright / Branciforte. 2-6 pm. 5-6pm facilitated conversation with specially invited guests.
Mar 8: Beach Flats / Boardwalk. 2-6 pm. 5-6pm facilitated conversation with specially invited guests.

This project made possible with the generous support of SPARC at UC Santa Cruz and the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History.

Special thanks to our many specially invited guests, including Blaize Wilkinson, Bridget Henry, Josh Muir, and Wes Modes._DSC0026
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