We have some of the best performing artists in the world in Santa Cruz, and they deserve more opportunities to play in public.

Abbott Square will showcase and celebrate these amazing artists. Buskers and ballet dancers, big bands and intimate poetry readings will all have a home in this new community plaza.

Think of Abbott Square as a museum without walls. It will be a showcase of amazing local musicians, performers, and artists every day. The plaza includes two main stages, as well as flexible space in the Secret Garden for intimate programs and hands-on art activities. We expect to present live performances multiple times each week, taking the Museum’s commitment to community groups and artists out into a vibrant outdoor gathering place.