Museum named finalist for big award
Downtown Santa Cruz’s Museum of Art and History was founded more than three decades ago with a mission to connect people from different backgrounds and to strengthen community bonds through art, events and exhibitions.
The museum is one of 30 finalists — out of the country’s approximately 150,000 museums and libraries — for the Institute of Museum and Library Services National Medal for Extraordinary Community Service. In May, first lady Michelle Obama will present the award to 10 recipients. It’s the highest honor that can be given to a museum or library.
Catch the current exhibition, the Kinsey African American Art and History Collection, one of the largest private African American collections of art and artifacts in the country, on display through May 22.
705 Front St., Santa Cruz; (831) 429-1964. www.santacruzmah.org. 11 a.m.-5 p.m. Tues.Sun., until 9 p.m. Fri. $5; $3 for students, teens and seniors (65 and older); free for museum members and children under 12; free admission on the first Friday of each month.