Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History – Lost Childhoods Exhibition Opening

5:00 pm – 9:00 pm

705 Front Street

Santa Cruz

Explore an all-new exhibition about foster youth, made with foster youth. 

Lost Childhoods: Voices of Santa Cruz County Foster Youth and the Foster Youth Museum showcases the stories, struggles, and triumphs of youth who are aging out of foster care. You will see personal belongings of foster youth, stunning photography by Ray Bussolari, and four different art installations foster youth created with artists Bridget Henry, Melody Overstreet, Elliott Taylor, and Nada Miljkovic.

AUDITORIUM TALK | 6:30PM-7PM | Auditorium | Lost Childhoods exhibition opening talk with Jamie Lee Evans, Director of the Foster Youth Museum. 

ART ACTIVITY | 5:00-9:00PM | Classroom |

LIVE MUSIC | 6:30-9pm | Atrium |

FREE EXHIBITIONS | Explore three floors of exhibitions for free.

Lost Childhoods – Lost Childhoods showcases the stories, struggles, and triumphs of transition-age foster youth across California. This exhibition is powerful platform for dialogue and action in Santa Cruz County.

She Sang Me A Good Luck Song – Native American photographer Dugan Aguilar’s  self-described purpose is to “show Natives alive and well.” For almost forty years, he has traveled across California to photograph gatherings where California Indian people meet.

Chamber of Heart & Mystery —  Dive into this imaginarium for all ages. The Chamber of Heart and Mystery invites you to explore the mysteries surrounding the human heart. Staged as a fictional study for Dr. Cora X. Crux, renowned explorer of the heart and its mysteries, this exhibition is filled with curious objects and art work.

Vital Current- Seeking the San Lorenzo by Camille Utterback- Dip your fingers into San Lorenzo River history with Camille Utterback’s interactive installation. This large-scale river-shaped projection in the MAH lobby windows shows an ever-changing collage of historic and contemporary images of the San Lorenzo River. Explore the river’s history by “dipping” your fingers into the river via a touchscreen surface.

Movements for Change: Bob Fitch Photographs

New Section in History Gallery

Watsonville’s own Bob Fitch began his career as a photojournalist in 1965. Trained as a minister, he joined the Reverend Martin Luther King Jr.’s organization, The Southern Christian Leadership Conference. During a long career, Fitch documented the U.S.’s civil rights movement in the South, as well as local activism. These powerful images reveal how communities organized for the cause of freedom.

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