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.
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 located next to the Bike Church, at Pacific Avenue and Spruce Street. Hard working folks transformed a run-down warehouse 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 will be held at SubRosa, including monthly art shows, Free Skool classes and a weekly Open Mic on Thursdays at 8pm.

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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 five 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 anarchist project, like SubRosa.

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