Uncovering Earthquake Projects: On Sight
At the Porter College Faculty Gallery (next to Sesnon Gallery)
In conjunction with Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History's
After the Loma Prieta earthquake of 1989 Downtown Santa Cruz felt like a ghost town. Dive into the story of 'On Sight' the group of Santa Cruz County artists who worked to rebuild downtown through art.
Challenging times have a way of bringing people together. Immediately after the 1989 Loma Prieta earthquake, many helped rebuild toppled houses, clean debris of sidewalks, and aid local businesses. Soon after the quake, a group of artists and supporters called On Sight came together to bring art and creativity back to a once vibrant downtown.
Led by artist Robin Kandel On Sight “promoted public art projects in downtown Santa Cruz to bridge the gap between the physical vacancy left by the earthquake and the eventual reconstruction of downtown.” Their work brought people together through various public art projects, and most importantly brought people back to downtown. In this pop-up exhibit look at photos of On Sight's work and learn how Santa Cruz Downtown rebuilt and healed itself through public art.
The Loma Prieta Earthquake
At 5:04 p.m. on October 17th, 1989 a 6.9 earthquake rocked California along the San Andreas Fault in the Santa Cruz Mountains. Due to the proximity to the epicenter, Santa Cruz County was hit the hardest. It was a seminal event that profoundly altered the history of Santa Cruz County going forward.
Since then, thousands of Santa Cruz County residents have rallied to rebuild our neighborhoods, homes, and sense of community. They've rebuilt shattered buildings and businesses and created a space for Santa Cruz to heal.
Oct. 4th UCSC Porter Faculty Gallery First Friday: 12-5pm
Oct. 4th MAH First Friday: 5-9pm | Uncover how public art helped rebuild Downtown Santa Cruz inside Art & Healing, a new pop-up exhibit located inside the permanent Santa Cruz County History Gallery. On view October 4, 2019 - August 22, 2021.
Thursday, October 17, 2019: Loma Prieta Earthquake 30th Anniversary Event 15-second moment of silence at 5:04 PM and watch the unveiling of Santa Cruz Public Libraries' "Epicenter: The Loma Prieta Earthquake 30th Anniversary Oral Histories Project." Watch ...
4:45pm - 6:15pm
Location: Downtown Library Upstairs Meeting Room, Downtown