Mu­seum named fi­nal­ist for big award

San Francisco Chronicle - - TRAVEL | SANTA CRUZ COUNTY - — Lynne Char Ben­nett

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.san­ 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.

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