FRESH AIR '21!
A diverse and accessible line up of COVID-mindful events and experiences led by and for Black Santa Cruz County residents in our beautiful outdoor spaces. From movement classes, guided nature hikes, and self care workshops, to weekly virtual content, community gatherings, and celebrations, this summer-long campaign is geared towards having a seat at the table for ALL.
*Events open to all community members and allies will be advertised as such.
When visiting Evergreen Cemetery, traditional Congolese dancer, Vivien Bassouamina and community healer, Luna Leo, were pulled and inspired by the story of London Nelson. Called to find out more about those buried at Evergreen, in their research they learned there are multiple Black people are buried in the plot surrounding London. For the third commission of Beyond the Grave, these artists have decided to honor these ancestors with traditional funerary practices through interactive storytelling and dance.
This event was created and funded in part by the Tannery World Dance and Cultural Center (TWDCC), as it supports their Black Health Matters Initiative and Diaspora Performance Project.TWDCC facilitates a working home for the professional world & contemporary dance artists while providing dance education that is committed to access, equity, and excellence. Black Health Matters is a community initiative that promotes equity through a network of community trust, advocacy, and collaboration to improve the quality of life for black residents in Santa Cruz County. Diaspora Performance Project gives professional support to 5 selected cultural artists. This program seeks to support the thriving community of artists of the African Diaspora and provide opportunities for the development of new work, a deep and meaningful connection to our community, and performance opportunity.
We hosted socially-distanced classes and workshops outdoors at Chanticleer Park, including a Wellness Workshop, Soca/Zumba Class, and Afternoon Guided Hike. View the Nutrition & Wellness livestream to the right!
Virtual Family BBQ
We hosted a drive-thru BBQ boxed lunch pickup at Brommer Street Park, and a Virtual Perforamance broadcast from the TWDCC Virtual Theater Studio, celebrating local talent including Afro Samba Soul, Tammi Brown, DJ Sparkle (Sonja Brunner), and more.
Food graciously provided by Lakia Queen Kia Alkebulan, Bobby Bishop of Bobby’s Can Cooking, and Sweet Bean Bakery.
Soca/Zumba with Eugenia Rice
VIRTUAL Soca/Zumba class w/ Eugenia Rice
No experience necessary, open to all ages.
Sunset Surf with Bella Bonner, founder of Black Surf Club Santa Cruz
Sanitized surf boards and wetsuits were provided. Participants met at 38th Ave. beach, AKA 38th stairs.
Feel free to reach out to BSCSC if you would feel more comfortable with a 1×1 surf lesson at email@example.com.
November 28th: #StayingHome4TheHolidays with Tammi Brown
Tammi Brown and guitarist Dylan Rose play feel-good music for you to groove to at home.