Thursday, November 5, 2015

Happy 7th Birthday SubRosa!

September and October 2008 we worked on the inside and courtyard at a space at 703 Pacific Avenue that was soon to be named SubRosa (check out the entry about this at this website Name Suggestions 4 Infoshop).  Lots of folks and lots of hours.  On Halloween we were still working on the inside, painting.  People would drift in and out in costume to help until late into the night. 

The next evening, November. 1st was our opening with an art show and music!  It poured rain that night and the courtyard flooded.  We called the outside area the info-swamp and set down blocks of cement as stepping stone islands.  Inside the space was packed and humid.  The paint started dripping down the walls and quite a few people went home wearing the paint on their clothes as they unwittingly leaned against the wet walls...hopefully a nice reminder of a great opening night. 

And now 7 years later we are still going...doing-it-together.  Come to SubRosa and check out what is going on.  Go to our events page at this website for more info at SubRosa Events.  The space is what we make of it, and this includes you as well.  There are many ways to contribute to SubRosa.  Get involved with the space...join the collective...host an event...show your art...and so on.  Another world is possible.  We can create it now, and at the same time counter the coercive and destructive impact of the over-culture.  A question i often ask myself is, how can SubRosa be relevant to those endeavors?  Let's figure that out together and do it.

Much appreciation to all those who have contributed to SubRosa over the past 7 years...so many people in so many different ways.  And may we continue to thrive for years to come.

from indybay post from early November 2008:  https://www.indybay.org/newsitems/2008/10/28/18547019.php


SubRosa, a new community space in downtown Santa Cruz, hosted its grand opening event on November 1st. The event included an art show, spoken word, live music, food, and a first look inside this vibrant new social space.

Music poured out into the rainy night, as people cramped tightly together to share in the musical performances at the grand opening of SubRosa. The small, but cozy space was filled with a vibrant youthful crowd. Event goers snacked on piles of free bread, and coffee from reusable ceramic mugs. Artwork from local artists covered the freshly painted walls, as well as a colorful display of 'zines, and a lending library. The set had almost everyone jumping and singing along. The space will be a home to future performances, open mics, and Free Skool workshops. Stop in for a steaming cup of coffee and check out the extensive library.

SubRosa: A Community Space is a non-profit, donation-funded space for art and radical projects run by a collective of volunteers from the Santa Cruz anarchist community. Located at 703 Pacific Avenue in downtown Santa Cruz, SubRosa is open 7 days a week, 8am-1pm and 3pm-8pm. 
(from early November 2008)


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SubRosa is a collectively run anarchist community space, a place to meet others and challenge our assumptions and act on our passions.  We strive to create a vibrant environment for events, classes, meetings, organizing, performance, art, studying and more.  SubRosa also offers radical literature for sale, and houses the Anarchist Lending Library. We welcome folks to join us in fostering an environment free from coercion, sexism, homophobia, racism, and other hierarchies. http://www.subrosaproject.org/ and https://www.facebook.com/subrosaproject

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Comments on the SubRosa website are fully moderated. As a collective, we agreed that the purpose of the website was to promote SubRosa, not to provide an online place for lively and invigorating debate. We hope that the space itself is where conversations on the nature of anarchism and local projects will take place. That said, we occasionally approve comments that are informative or reflect a viewpoint we feel it is important for website visitors to read.

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