Ebb & Flow River Arts Project

It’s time to go with the flow!  

Ebb & Flow 2017 is going to be extraordinary. Mark your calendars for Friday and Saturday, June 2nd and 3rd, for two days of revelry, artmaking, and free family fun.

Here’s what’s in store for Ebb & Flow 2017

  • June 2nd: First Friday kinetic art activity on Cooper Street, in partnership with the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & History; a River Critter Scavenger Hunt sponsored by the Downtown Association
  • June 2nd: River Nightwalk at 9 PM, featuring a naturalist talk on the nighttime lives of river critters, an LED-lit aerial dance off one of our bridges, and the lighting ceremony for a new temporary art installation on the Riverwalk. Meet us on Cooper Street!
  • June 3rd: The return of the Kinetic Art Parade and River Arts Celebration!
    • Creators, makers, artists, and all community members are encouraged to make kinetic art – art that moves – and to join the parade! Or just come out and watch the creativity of Santa Cruz at its finest. Parade starts at noon the Kaiser Permanente Arena and ends at the Tannery. More details below.
    • 13 new temporary art installations along the Riverwalk will be unveiled during the parade, all with a river theme
    • From 1:30 – 6:00 PM, enjoy the River Arts Celebration at the Tannery Arts Center, featuring music, dance, and theater performances, Kids River Crafts, food trucks galore, and more!
    • At 1:45 PM, witness the unveiling of a new permanent art installation at the Tannery Arts Center, created by Team Downstream led by Kathleen Crocetti and featuring the artwork of two dozen Tannery artists and youth.

Can’t wait to get your Flow on? Join us now for engaging tours on the Riverwalk:

  • Weekly River Tours, in partnership with the Coastal Watershed Council and the Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, running through March and April

Join the Ebb & Flow email list to receive information on how to pre-register for the June 3rd event.

Click Here to Register!

River Arts Celebration: the Kinetic Art Parade will end at the Tannery for a celebration where every element reflects the theme. Tables will be paddleboards slashed to sawhorses; tenting will be sails soaring over buildings; water served will come from the river; face painting will feature otters, salmon, merganzers. Aerial dancers will “fly” off the roofs of the lofts; musicians, poets, and actors on multiple stages will perform in honor of our river and the Tannery and tell river stories. The permanent Ebb & Flow art installation will be unveiled.

We need YOU!

We’re looking for volunteers to help in lots of fun ways. Help us make this community event FLOW!

Click here for details on volunteering, and the ways you can help

Click here to go straight to the volunteer sign-up form

Thank you to our project partners: the City of Santa Cruz, the Coastal Watershed Council and San Lorenzo River Alliance, City of Santa Cruz Arts Commission, City of Santa Cruz Economic Development Department, Tannery Arts Center, First Friday, the Downtown Association, the Museum of Art and History, The Museum of Natural History, Tannery World Dance & Cultural Center, and numerous public agencies. Thanks also to the California Arts Council’s Creative California Communities program.