I look at homelessness, environmental issues, and food injustice and pick up a paintbrush. I write a zine. I print a patch. This is my activism. This is my art.
This Friday, I invite you to join me and my fellow changemakers from the Santa Cruz Museum of Art & Historyâ€™s teen program Subjects to Change at an all-ages festival dedicated to this kind of creative action: 3rd Friday: Artivism. As a MAH member, you can explore all this creative action for free.
Artivism is what it sounds like: art and activism. I combine the two in my work because it allows me to express myself while fighting for justice. Join me this Friday in creatively exploring local issues with other youth from around the county.
How will we do this? By bringing together amazing youth justice organizations from around the county to perform, create and learn around local issues. Make seed bombs to plant in your local flower patch with â€œFood What?!â€. Listen to local youth poets and hip-hop duos perform. Chat with local African-American artists about their work. Try out your hand-sewing skills while reducing textile consumption in a â€˜slow fashionâ€™ art activity. There are dozens of hands-on activities led by amazing creative leaders around Santa Cruz. Learn more about them here.
I was inspired to join MAHâ€™s teen program Subjects to Change because I wanted to be more involved in the museumâ€™s vibrant and diverse atmosphere. At Subjects to Change I found the opportunity to work alongside likeminded youth from around the county to create positive change in our community. Every week, I have the opportunity to make art with them, facilitate outreach activities with other youth empowerment organizations around Santa Cruz, and learn from guest speakers. But 3rd Friday: Artivism is the biggest thing weâ€™ve done together yet. Explore local issues through creative action this Friday with me.
See you there,
Anika Tabachnick is a teen programs intern here at the MAH and is studying towards an AA in Art History at Cabrillo College. They have volunteered at the museum for over two years and have been part of the Subjects to Change teen program for the last year and a half. One of their life goals is to help museums be safe and inclusive spaces for everyone. They spend their free time crafting for their etsy shop, putting glitter on everything and trying to find the best vegan pho in California.