Monday, December 30, 2019

Tues: NYE Splash Zone // Thurs: Crafting a Future of Resilience Beyond Borders: Embroidery & Kite Making Workshops // Fri: Kite Flying as Border Resistance & First Friday w/ Melody Overstreet: Current & First Friday: Crafting a Future... // & more!!!

-Tuesday, December 31st, 9pm:  NYE Splash Zone

The countdown has already begun. 9pm / $7-10 / cum get freaky with us - queer dance party in santa cruz!

This is a space and time for queers and the people we love and trust. Y'all are welcome. come do your thing, whatever that may be, outside of the oppression of capitalism and patriarchy.

with DJs...

-Thursday, January 2nd, 2- 5pm: Crafting a Future of Resilience Beyond Borders: Embroidery and Kite Making Workshops

Come and participate in these hands-on craft-based workshops, applying traditional Mexican kite-making and embroidery techniques as tools to transcend current border politics and celebrate cultural resilience, exploring themes of identity and resistance with visiting artists Karina Monroy and Federico Cuatlacuatl. 

Free and open to the public! Donations for the participating venues appreciated. Made possible with support from the California Humanities.

About the "Crafting a Future of Resilience Beyond Borders" series: These workshops aim to frame culture and tradition as artistic modes of resistance, protest, and cultural survival skills. How do we respond to urgent massive migration concerns? How do we project ourselves into a future that threatens cultural extinction? Through traditional Mexican kite-making and drawing from traditional Mexican embroidery skills, we seek to address these questions and more. The act of making in this workshop embodies the spirit of activism, peaceful protest, and the celebration of cultural resilience. By making and flying kites and embroidering visual language of resistance we will protest together against the detention center deaths of immigrants at the hands of the current administration; the separation of children and youth from their families by the government; the fear and hatred that has been constructed around immigrants. And at the same time we will use traditional crafting skills as means to empower cultural resilience for future and current generations in the face of political, cultural, and ecological threats to our communities.

About the artists:

Born in Cholula, Puebla, Mexico, Federico Cuatlacuatl is an indigenous artist based in Virginia. Federico's work is invested in disseminating topics of Latinx immigration, social art practice, and cultural sustainability. Building from his own experience growing up as an undocumented immigrant and previously holding DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals), Federico's research is primarily concerned with pressing realities in current social, political, and cultural issues that Latinx undocumented immigrants face in the U.S. For more about Federico's work visit 

Karina A. Monroy uses traditional embroidery techniques combined with painting and drawing as a tool for story telling and creating community and connection amongst Latina women and femmes. Highlighting the domestic life of women in Latinx/Chicanx culture in her work, Karina seeks to honor the artistic skill, knowledge and undervalued feminine labor of her antepasadas. For about Karina's work visit

-Friday, January 3rd, 12 - 3pm: Kite Flying as Border Resistance Workshop

The day after the kite creation... flying the kites! Meet at the Fábrica! // Crafting a Future of Resilience Beyond Borders: Kite Flying as Peaceful Protest -- In this public event, participants will venture out to fly the embroidered kites produced in the previous days' workshops; making and flying kites as a form of peaceful protest on current immigration issues will be the spirit of these activities with visiting artists Karina Monroy and Federico Cuatlacuatl.
We will meet at The Fábrica at 12pm and travel by foot to a nearby kite flying location, details TBA. (more info at the post ).

And in the evening 6 - 9pm at the Fábrica & SubRosa...
First Friday with Melody Overstreet: Current

Join us for a First Friday open house featuring the weaving work of Melody Overstreet! From the artist:

"My artistic practice is driven by a spiritual perspective that all of life is profoundly interconnected. In my work, I explore themes centered around origins, environment, and impermanence. This body of work is inspired by water's ability to transform states and nourish myriad forms of life. I am drawn to weaving for its tactile and metaphorical qualities. I work with plant-based yarns and hand-dye select fibers in an organic fermented indigo vat that I tend. With Indigo, I produce a series of blue hues, which in this work, describes the dynamic and nuanced expressions of water. I wove this body of work on a handmade four-harness floor loom utilizing traditional Inlay techniques. CURRENT is a show about the present moment, and is a reflection on the subtle and dynamic movement of water within, around, and through us, as part of the larger living landscape. This series aims to highlight water's transcendent beauty while also offering reflection on our present relationships to water-- from respectful relational approaches to those that are extensions of objectifying systems of social, structural, and environmental violence. These woven works offer us a moment to reflect on our own intimate relationship with water, and the ways in which water illuminates the numerous possibilities we create for a devastating or hopeful future."

"The vapors that rise this morning have traveled a long distance, many times,
yet have never been felt in this precise arrangement. Siddhartha says,
"We never step foot in the same river twice." The fog would bring me peace,
but this morning, it is full of mercury rising from the sea;
sandstone, cypress, whale, and child as witness."

Melody Overstreet is a poet, artist, printer, and educator. She double majored in Studio Art and Psychology at the University of California, Santa Cruz, where she focused on Printmaking, Public Art, and Peace Studies. She has exhibited her work locally as well as internationally, and has been featured in publications inclusive of Seed Broadcast, Inverness Almanac, and Chinquapin Quarterly. She is a member of the local Little Giant Collective print studio. She was instrumental in initiating Santa Monica College's Organic Learning Garden, a space for cross-curricular engagement, the hands-on growing of food, seed saving, and community building. She currently lives and works in Santa Cruz where she works as part of Gateway's Life Lab Garden Education program. She is a trained Master Gardener of California and certified California Naturalist through CNP and UCSC's Arboretum. She teaches a variety of workshops locally through Cabrillo College, The Santa Cruz Museum of Natural History, and the UCSC Arboretum & Botanic Garden Arboretum. You can learn more about her work at  // Contact the Artist:

ALSO First Friday, 6pm, Sanctuary Santa Cruz space at the Hub: 
Part of the series - Crafting a Future of Resilience Beyond Borders Open House 

Come and learn about the Crafting a Future of Resilience Beyond Borders project, see some of the work produced by workshop participants and view documentation of the public kite flying protest/performance. Meet and engage with visiting artists Karina Monroy and Federico Cuatlacuatl and learn more about the immigrant rights support work of Sanctuary Santa Cruz at this First Friday open house in the Sanctuary Santa Cruz office at the Hub.

-Thursday, January 7th, 7pm:  Ragana, Dawn Ray'd & more at the bike church!

*Ragana (Oakland)

**Dawn Ray'd (UK) death metal or black metal 
***Sepsis (Santa Cruz) death metal 
****Gabriel Solomon & Mustafa Walker (Santa Cruz)

Bike Church 7pm for real $10 notaflof // 


NOTE:  Grad student TAs are still on a wildcat strike at UCSC for a cost of living adjustment 

Lots more info at

SubRosa is part of a community center called The Hub --- 
Check out The Hub's facebook, instagram & website for info re: other Hub projects! 

and more from some of our neighbors at The Hub...

-The Bike Church ---.  //  //  

-Tenant Sanctuary --- //

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, queer&homophobia, racism, ableism and other hierarchies.

SubRosa is in downtown Santa Cruz, CA, which is the ancestral homeland of the Awaswas-speaking Ohlone people.

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