The creative, cultural hub of santa cruz county
The dream for Abbott Square began with our community in 2013. Families, business owners, historians, street performers, and the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History (MAH) developed a vision for what kind of center we needed for a vibrant, dynamic county. The MAH worked with urban planners, artists, architects, and designers to transform the community vision into an inspiring, functional design. In 2015, the project was successfully funded with $5 million from community supporters who wanted to make this dream a reality.
After years of development, the MAH, along with business partner Abbott Square Market, opened Abbott Square expansion in September 2017, and with it, a new era of expanded community engagement with art and history.
Abbott Square includes a vibrant plaza, outdoor performance areas, six restaurants, two bars, and a family-friendly secret garden. The project came in on budget and opened to widespread community appreciation and national rave reviews.
[It's] a hopping, art-filled community hub...The market has quickly become a place to see and be seen. The combination of food, art and community gathering space has proved irresistible to fresh-air loving Santa Cruzans.
- Washington Post, April 2018: Sleepovers? Feminist tours? Custom beer? Museums get creative to engage new audiences
- SF Chronicle, November 2017: Santa Cruz: Abbott Square Market transforms dark spot in downtown
- The Mercury News, November 2017: Santa Cruz: Abbott Square draws locals to downtown
- Santa Cruz Sentinel, August 2017: Abbott Square opening marks new era in downtown Santa Cruz