Kinetic Art Parade


Calling all makers, burners, artists, and everyone else who loves to have fun! Make art that moves for the Kinetic Art Parade on June 3rd. We’ll flow down the Riverwalk, pausing to see the 13 new temporary art installations.

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Thank you for being part of the 2017 Ebb & Flow River Arts Parade and Celebration!

We want you to have a ton of fun designing your sculpture, and we want to make sure that you have all the info you need to have a great experience the day of the parade. So, before beginning your kinetic sculpture design, give some serious thought to this stuff:

  • The parade route isn’t flat and it’s just over a mile and a half long – there are four underpasses. Our guidelines give you the specs for fitting under them, AND we want you to be sure you and your crew can control them going downhill and have the people power you’ll need to push them up hill.
  • Not sure what we mean exactly? Get out there and walk the route. Seriously, it’s a gorgeous walk, anyway!
  • Save yourself (and us, please) from preventable hassles the day of the event. Please read the Guidelines and then read ‘em again.
  • Need inspiration? Check out Kinetic Baltimore’s indispensable HOW TO BUILD A KINETIC SCULPTURE guide, some assembly required!

The parade route is approximately 1.6 miles long. You and your crew should expect to be on your vehicles for at least 30-45 minutes, perhaps longer.

River Arts Celebration: the 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. 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.