Friday, January 15 2016 from 6:00pm - 8:00pm

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



Ever high-fived 100 people in a minute?

POWER HOUR is a non-stop participatory event made up of 60 minute-long experiences. You will arm wrestle, you will meditate, you will play hide-and-go-seek in the museum...if you can last the hour.

Here’s how it works: At the beginning of the hour, facilitator Elise Granata presses play on a video that displays different vibrant prompts-- like “Yell” or “Speed Figure Drawing”-- for everyone to follow. Each experience lasts one minute. The whole thing lasts one hour. At the end, you’ll collapse from joy and exhaustion with a few new friends-- or at least a few new people you’ve yelled at the top of your lungs with.

6-7pm: Arrive, play warm-up games in the galleries and museum lobby, grab a drink at the bar. 7-8pm: POWER HOUR More about POWER HOUR _ POWER HOUR was designed in November 2014 by Elise Granata to bring people together. Initially developed as a creative icebreaker, it has since been enthusiastically received at conferences, events and parties around the Bay Area and New York.

The POWER HOUR is akin to Improv Everywhere’s MP3 Experiments and Erwin Wurm’s One Minute Sculptures. The externalized performance of instructions creates an environment in which people break through their self-consciousness and give themselves over to social, artistic discovery and play.

Every POWER HOUR breaks down barriers and builds creative energy like no other art experience. The world is full of divisions and social boundaries. POWER HOUR can help bridge them._

POWER HOUR is powered in part by Arts Council Santa Cruz County.