3rd Friday: Counter Culture

Friday, June 19 2015 from 5:00pm - 8:00pm

Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History 705 Front Street Santa Cruz, CA 95060



Civil Rights. Free Speech. Psychedelic Rock. Pop Art. Hippie Communes. The social and artistic forces that swirled through the 60’s and 70’s will come to life at Counter Culture 3rd Friday through performances, exhibitions, and hands-on workshops.


5:30 Spoken Word Poetry by Barrios Unidos

6:00 Music by Eric Levin and Holly Harman

6:30 Counter Culture Fashion Show by The Cosmo Factory Cosmetology Academy

6:50 UCSC Post Beat Poetry Performance

7:10 Matt Hartle and Members from the China Cats playing Grateful Dead Music

8:10 Music by Narrators


Cooper Street will close down to traffic from 5-9pm and host a showing of VW Buses from the 50’s, 60’s, and 70’s. Don’t miss the chance to get your photo taken in The Booth Bus, a charming photo booth inside a VW bus. Artists Peter and Donna Thomas made and sold crafts at the Renaissance Pleasure Fairs and various street crafts markets in the 70s. They will be showing and selling the crafts they made and playing songs by their handcrafted Gypsy Wagon, which they bring all over the country.


Counter Culture Fashion: People have used fashion, hair, and makeup to express cultural shifts and revolution throughout time. Discover and even become part of Counter Cultural Fashion movements with hair and makeup styling from The Cosmo Factory Cosmetology Academy.

Tie Dye Demonstration: Learn how to twist, tie, and make spiraling rainbow patterns in this live tie dye demonstration lead by Jeremy Carlson from A Brighter World. A Brighter World is Santa Cruz’s original Tie-Dye shop, studio, and learning center, located at 119 Walnut in Downtown Santa Cruz.

Making God’s Eyes: Learn how to make a God’s Eye with artist Micah Langton from Glass Paper Scissor. The Ojo de Dios (Eye of God in Spanish) is an ancient weaving craft, made from sticks and colorful yarn. Making God’s Eyes was a spiritual practice for many indigenous peoples in the Americas, and became popular in the 60’s and 70’s among the Counter Culture.

Grateful Dead Envelope Art: Explore and make Grateful Dead Envelope Art inspired by our current exhibition, Dear Jerry.

Beat Attitudes for Writers, Artists, Dharma Bums, Cultural-Political Activists & World Citizens: UCSC Literature and Creative Writing Professor Rob Sean Wilson invites you to explore what “Beatitude” means through images, conversation, and poetry experiments. Poetry experiments and word collages will get you moving around and playing with the wild, weird beat beatitude.

Coloring with Holly Harman: Writer and Historian Holly Harman published a book on Hippie Communes, but she also makes coloring books for all ages. Learn about Hippie Communes in Santa Cruz from Holly, while coloring away with her original drawings.

Neal Cassady Estate: The legacy of iconic literary figure Neal Cassady lives on through his daughter and Santa Cruz local, Jami Cassady Ratto. Meet and chat with Jami, the daughter of the Muse for the Beatniks. Find out who the Beats really were…

Pop Art Printmaking: How does mass media affect art? Is there a difference between fine art and pop culture? Explore these ideas and more with an Andy Warhol inspired Pop Art Printmaking activity.

Peace Flags: Many tried to fight wars and social struggles with peace and love. Make peace flags and patches to share peace messages with the world.

Bra Bonfire: Ignite your thoughts on Feminism- historical to contemporary- by making, “burning,” and displaying paper bras.