Arts and Music


Art duJour
1013 Cedar St. (x street is Locust in downtown Santa Cruz)
Offers various themed one-time or series classes, with a free First Friday event, and classes for 5 and up, 9 and up, teens, adults, and all ages together

Cultural Council of Santa Cruz County
Provides support for local art and artists, Open Studios Weekends, SPECTRA artist teachers for local schools, resources for artists, special events, and directory.

Cultural Council Spectra Artist Teacher Directory
Search for artists who contract with schools and/or for those who are available for the general community.

The Fábrica Community Textile Arts & Salvage Workshop
703 Pacific Avenue, Santa Cruz
Take low-cost or free classes or use this “community workspace where folks can come to learn and share knowledge about textiles arts. This includes Sewing, Knitting, and Bookbinding among other arts. The workshop is operated by volunteers and funded by donations from participants.”

Friday Shakespeare Club of Santa Cruz
Join this womens’ club and share readings, discussions, plays, speakers, movie viewings, and events relating to the works of Shakespeare.

The Golden Fleece
317 Potrero Street Santa Cruz

Metro Santa Cruz
Read online about music & nightlife, movies, the arts, and news and features or check out their weekly newspaper.

Mountain Arts Center
Classes for all ages and in all mediums, as well as art exhibitions.

Pine Mountain Arts
Contact: Bodo Langen at 831-425-3623 or cell  650-248-6831
“Pine Mountain Arts is an independent institute where adults and home schooling and other children of all ages can experience the fruits of Rudolf Steiner’s curriculum in a nature based environment. Most classes are conducted in the tranquil forested mountains and meadows of Big Basin near the Pacific coast, north of Davenport.”

Poetry Santa Cruz
Offers local author info, archived interviews, book info and purchase, resources, and events such as readings, with open mic for youth and adult poets.

Scribbles Institute
Classes offered for middle-school, high-school, and adult students, including “Draw the Moment,” Object Drawing workshop, and Concept Sketching.

Santa Cruz Crafters Studio
504 Front Street, Santa Cruz, CA
Offers workshops for all levels in sewing, metal smithing including enameled jewelry glass bead making, knitting, screen printing, kids craft parties, craft kits for sale and more!

120 Independence Drive, Menlo Park, CA
Toll Free: 800-640-1975  or  Local Phone: 650-521-9027
Offers memberships for families and adults for full use of workshop and wide range of tools and equipment; also offers classes to teach you how to use the tools and equipment as you need them. Shops scheduled to open in Fall 2010 in San Jose and San Francisco.

Music and Dance

Cabrillo Symphonic Chorus
Adult Chorus, with training and performances.

Community Music Schools Guide to Group Classes and Activities
Variety of classes, workshops, camps, and activities for children, teens, and adults.

International Academy of Dance
320 Encinal St. (Near Costco) Santa Cruz, CA
Offers adult classes in: Ballet, Zumba, Pilates, Jazz & Belly Dance. “Drop-ins always welcome!” Also offers professional children’s dance classes in Ballet, Hip-Hop, Jazz, Tap, and Lyrical dance.

Motion Pacific
Classes offered across various dance genres, “bringing traditional, street, folk and contemporary dance to the theatre and streets” for dancers and choreographers, of all ages and levels.

Mountain Music for Everyone! A Family Tradition
Individuals or families can earn to play by ear with this particular technique and low-cost guidebook.  Info on the site about local classes, community music events, free lyrics to 400 traditional songs, and products for sale.

Santa Cruz World Choir and Orchestra
831-521-3470 or email at:
Offers a new option for music education (choir or orchestra) in a group setting, for high school age and older adults. Family members are encouraged to join together.  Minimal singing experience is required to audition, and skills training will be included in each rehearsal.

Singing Wood Marimba Centre
(831) 427-2097
Holds classes for adults (age 14+) from beginning level to experienced, as well as an introductory workshop for children ages 8-13.  Watch their video and check out other introductory and 3-class trial offers.

Threshold Choir
Volunteer all-women Threshold Choirs honor the ancient tradition of singing at the bedsides of people who are struggling with living or dying including newborns in intensive care and offer this service for free. Volunteers meet in the Bay Area twice monthly for practice.

Vau de Vire Circus and Dance Institute
Offers private instruction in Aerial Tissu, Aerial Trapeze, Aerial Silks, Aerial Lyra (hoop), Dance Techniques, Hula Hooping, Parkour, Stage Combat, Acrobatics, Contortion

Visit Santa Cruz – Online Guide to Performing Arts
Upcoming events, venues.