First Friday Santa Cruz

China Town public art meeting Tues. June 18th

Please see the attached meeting flier for a community meeting about the China Town public art project in conception – meeting to be held at the MAH next Tuesday June 18th – 5:30pm-7:30pm. This will be coming to the Arts Commission as an ‘unsolicited proposal’ for approval within the next few months—brought forward by George Ow Jr. and the Coastal Watershed Council.

The public art piece is envisioned to go in front of the ramps of the pedestrian bridge – across from the Trader Joe’s parking lot.  This was the location of one of several China towns that existed in Santa Cruz, and George has several relatives who lived there.

If the public art portion is approved by the Arts Commission – then the project will go to the Parks & Recreation Commission and Historic Preservation Commission – specifically regarding the naming of the pedestrian bridge across the San Lorenzo River (between the TJ’s parking lot and the County building) the “China Town Bridge.”

CWC and George Ow Jr. are holding this public meeting to get input on the public art idea. The first ½ hour of the meeting will be a tour of the “Guided by Ghosts” exhibit up through June 23 at the MAH. It’s amazing, sad and poignant – a MUST see!!! It weaves together local Chinese history with a unique combination paintings and drawings and quotes. Then George will give an overview of the idea for this public art piece — and the people and history he’s hoping to honor with this project. Following that there will be about 45 minutes for brainstorming and input – then some kind of wrap up.