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Free First Friday: Sugar Skulls & Exhibition Opening

Make the MAH a stop on your Santa Cruz First Friday Art Tour. Explore three floors of exhibitions for free, including the newest exhibition ‘Lay of the Land’ opening that day. Decorate your own sugar skull in a hands-on art activity and listen to live music in Abbott Square.

ART ACTIVITY | 5-9 PM | Atrium | Enjoy an art activity that's great for friends, families, and all ages! This month's activity is Sugar Skull Decorating and Tissue Paper Flowers! Decorate Sugar Skulls to celebrate Dia de los Muertos. Supplies run out fast so come right at 5 pm. After supplies run out, we will be making tissue paper flowers.

FREE EXHIBITIONS | All day | Dig deeper into old favorites like the history gallery and enjoy exploring new ones!

NEW EXHIBITION | Second floor | Enjoy our newest exhibition, Lay of the Land: Rodrigo Valenzuela 

Rodrigo Valenzuela is a photographer, painter, and filmmaker based in Los Angeles. He uses landscapes and autobiographical threads to inform larger themes of alienation and displacement. His images feel at the same time familiar yet distant. Rodrigo’s work questions the ways in which the formation and experience of each work are situated—how they exist in and out of place.

NEW EXHIBITION | Second floor | Mirando al Futuro: Beach Flats Community Garden

Explore the pop-up exhibit in the Santa Cruz History Gallery. Farmers share their story of the struggle to preserve tradition and land at the Beach Flats Community Garden.



LIVE MUSIC | 6:30-9PM | Abbott Square

By JUDO NO (an Afro-Latin hip-hop band)

Earlier Event: November 1
Danzantes y Charla: Dia de los Muertos
Later Event: November 3
Día de los Muertos