Arts Council Santa Cruz County Invites the Community to Make Art That Moves For the Ebb & Flow Kinetic Art Parade

Arts Council Santa Cruz County is calling all creators, builders, burners, assemblers, and anyone else who feels inspired! You are invited to build a kinetic sculpture – art that moves – and join the Ebb & Flow Kinetic Art Parade on June 3rd, 2017.

Go big and wild with a team of friends or pull your kids in a wagon with pinwheels and whirligig hats – all are welcome. Or just come walk in the parade as it moves down the Santa Cruz Riverwalk. Part of the parade festivities will be the unveiling of 11 new temporary sculptures along the Riverwalk and on our bridges. These sculptures, created by Santa Cruz artists, celebrate and tell the stories about our river – its history, flora, and fauna.

The parade begins on the Santa Cruz Riverwalk next to Kaiser Permanente Arena and continues to the Tannery Arts Center. Registration and lining up starts at 11 AM and the parade starts at noon. Five prizes will be awarded to the most outstanding moving sculptures. The parade leads to the Tannery Arts Center where the Ebb & Flow River Arts Celebration begins at 1:30. For details and the entry form, go to

According to Samantha Atkinson, an Ebb & Flow Parade participant in 2015, “Participating in the parade was such an exciting way to connect with others, and such a fun way to present to the community the history and importance of our San Lorenzo River. I believe we all can play an important and creative role in protecting and revitalizing our beautiful waterway. Ebb & Flow opens the doors for us all to join together and take action.”


The Kinetic Art Parade is just one of many activities associated with the 2017 Ebb & Flow River Arts Celebration. Ebb & Flow includes:

–        River tours starting this March, in partnership with the Coastal Watershed Council

–        A First Friday community build on Friday, June 2nd, on Cooper Street in downtown Santa Cruz

–        A River Nightwalk after First Friday, featuring a naturalist talk about habits of nocturnal river animals and LED-lit aerial dancing off the Soquel Street Bridge

–        The River Arts Celebration: a free, family-friendly full day of music, dance, art-making, and terrific fun at the Tannery Arts Center, all with a river theme.


“Ebb & Flow is a wonderful opportunity for our community to come together and celebrate the San Lorenzo River and the Tannery Arts Center. We encourage everyone to bring friends, neighbors, and strangers to these free events. You’ll see our beautiful Riverwalk in a new way; you’ll be inspired by the creativity that abounds at the Tannery. And you’ll learn about our river, our watershed, and our history as a community – which is built around the San Lorenzo. Come one, come all!” says Michelle Williams, Arts Council’s Executive Director.


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