SubRosa is an anarchist community space run by a collective of committed people from the Santa Cruz area, freely giving of our energy and time.  

We put our energy into SubRosa to create a vibrant environment, available for events, classes and meetings, collaborations and organizing, art and creativity, as well as reading and studying.  We offer a selection of radical books and magazines, coffee and tea, and a space for art, performance, and community.  

This is a space to meet people, share resources and ideas, challenge our assumptions and act on our passions.

As anti-authoritarian space, we strive to create an environment where people are empowered to have interactions based on self-responsibility, mutual respect and free association.  We want to create a welcoming space for others who share the goals of diverse community, respect for all forms of life, and freedom from coercive relationships, to foster an environment free from sexism, homophobia, racism, and other forms of hierarchy.  

Come visit us at 703 Pacific Ave.
All are Welcome!
The space also houses the Anarchist Lending Library, featuring books on anarchy, Situationists, history, politics, ecology, indigenous studies, feminism and psychology and more, that might not be available in the local library.


SubRosa is part of a larger community center called the Hub, along with other wonderful projects, like the the Bike Church and The Fábrica and other projects.  Again, you are invited to come visit SubRosa and other Hub projects at 703 Pacific Ave. (at Pacific Ave. and Spruce St.).

Over eight years ago hard working folks transformed a run-down retail space and bleak parking lot on lower Pacific into a cozy community and performance space with a large patio surrounded by a beautiful garden. Inside and outside, people gather around small tables for coffee and conversation, reading, talking, meeting, and enjoying performances and art. Free wi-fi is also available for use. A variety of radical community events are held at SubRosa, including monthly art shows, much more!

SubRosa is in downtown Santa Cruz, CA, which is the ancestral homeland of the Uypi Tribe of the Awaswas Nation. Today these lands are stewarded by the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band, whose ancestors were taken to Mission Santa Cruz and Mission San Juan Bautista during Spanish colonization of the Central Coast. 

A few ways to be in solidarity with the Amah Mutsun Tribal Band:

-Sign up for the Amah Mutsun Land Trust email list for more information and opportunities to get involved.
-Consider making a monthly donation to Amah Mutsun Land Trust to support the tribe's Indigenous stewardship and cultural relearning work.
-Check out http://www.protectjuristac.org/how-to-help/ to protect Juristac, an Amah Mutsun sacred site threatened by a proposed mining operation in Santa Clara county.
https://www.amahmutsunlandtrust.org and http://amahmutsun.org and http://www.protectjuristac.org  

Other creatures also lived here in larger numbers that included grizzly bears, coho salmon in the water ways and more.  

This acknowledgement is not an end but is part of an ongoing process of engagement, with the legacy of colonialism, with critically examining and acting to challenge the ways this is still present systemically and how this impacts us as individuals and the land in a variety of ways.

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Who We Are

While SubRosa collective members are drawn from a broad community of supporters, the collective has also been composed of some of the same people who brought Guerilla Drive-In, Free Skool, and the Last Night DIY Parade to Santa Cruz. Members of the long-extinct performance space What Is Art? are part of the effort. These are people you already know in Santa Cruz, people involved in local art, politics, community and DIY events for years and years.

As the project is now over eight years old there have also been plenty of new folks in the collective as people come and go.  This includes folks recently to town and others that have been around and are now interested in being part of a public radical community project, like SubRosa.

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