Live Haitian Drumming and Dance
6:30 PM18:30

Live Haitian Drumming and Dance

Enjoy live drumming and dance from the Tannery World Dance and Cultural Center, in partnership with the Diaspora Performance Project. .
Partake in food and drinks at Abbott Square Market.
Discover the magic inside the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History.

Free and all ages.
Made possible in part by Nordic Naturals and MAH Members.
About the artists:

Tannery World Dance and Cultural Center's, Diaspora Performance Project is a yearlong endeavor supporting the work of Artists of the African Diaspora teaching and creating work in the Santa Cruz community. The project seeks to educate the Santa Cruz community about the work these five artists create and their impact on our community for over 20 years. The project supports Shawn Merriman Roberts (Haitian Dance), Oumou Faye (Senegal), Vivien Boussamina (Congo), Mandjou Kone (Mali), Nano Loubayi (Congo). Each artists will present a teaching/educational community class that exposes new audiences and community to these accomplished artists. The first of the Diaspora Performance Project class series will be held at the MAH's Abbott Square on Friday, May 25th between 6-8:30pm and will feature Shawn Merriman Roberts, a Haitian dance instructor who has been teaching in Santa Cruz and the Bay Area for over 15 years. Shawn and his drummers will host a beginner's Haitian Dance class in Abbot Square open to all.

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Sunday Play: The Nest Pop Up
11:00 AM11:00

Sunday Play: The Nest Pop Up

Play with various materials to make a Nest Fort for a giant imaginary creature that is coming to Santa Cruz! 

Join theatre artist, Megan Flød Johnson to build a giant home for an illusive, migrating creature making its home in the museum. This immersive installation invites visitors to co-construct a space and story about the creature’s identity using creative play, storytelling, movement and art-making to solve the mystery of the creature’s identity. 

Imagine for a moment that an unknown mythical creature has come to your town. A creature! You don’t know anything about this newcomer except that it’s shy and it needs your help. What is the creature’s identity? Where did it come from? What does it want? How would you welcome this unique visitor to help them feel at home? Find out at Sunday Play day!!!

This is an all ages, family friendly, free, drop in activity.

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Friday Make Night: The Nest Film Screening & Art Making
5:00 PM17:00

Friday Make Night: The Nest Film Screening & Art Making

Join theatre artist Megan Flod Johnson and documentary filmmaker Alicia Rice for a night of play and discussion, as we explore provocations and stories to ignite imagination in participatory spaces. Through the screening of the short documentary Where Kids Meet a Creature and hands-on art making, fort-building and story play we'll explore how these questions and the open-ended play/making they prompt sets the stage for kids to ask big questions, reflect on their needs and the needs of others and become engaged community members. 

Discuss the importance of imagination and risk-takin.
rainstorm ways to bring creati experience into the lives of adults and young people alik.
Learn how to express ideas using teaching tools from theatre, creative drama and movement.

But, play is not just for kids! This film screening and interactive workshop is for parents, educators, young people, artists, youth workers or anyone looking to reconnect with their playful side.

This is an all ages, family friendly, drop in & FREE event!

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