"The understanding of a culture comes from hearing the language, tasting the food, seeing personal interactions, experiencing the traditions, and so much more when it is in context."
— Elizabeth Laval & Candice Pendergrass, Sikh Youth Public History Project
Caption: Aladina Cawaling Standing Around Flowers, c. 1960s, Photograph, 3.5″ x 3.5″, Collection of Cawaling Family, https://wiith.ucsc.edu/items/show/739?collection=15
SANTA CRUZ—Watsonville is in the Heart will collaborate with The Humanities Institute of the University of California, Santa Cruz to mount Night at the Museum. The event welcomes members of the public to experience the ongoing exhibitions and gallery spaces at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History for free. This year’s Night at the Museum will highlight Sowing Seeds: Filipino American Stories from the Pajaro Valley, on view starting April 12, 2024, and will feature public lectures by some of the leading thinkers in Filipino American history.
When: May 29, 2024
Where: Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History | 705 Front Street, Santa Cruz, CA 95060
Tickets: This event is free and open to the public
About the exhibit: Sowing Seeds: Filipino American Stories from the Pajaro Valley explores Filipino labor and migration to the Pajaro Valley from the 1930s to the present. The exhibition brings together oral history, archival materials, and contemporary works of art to feature multidimensional narratives across four themes: labor, gender, conflict, and memory. Brought to the public by the Watsonville is in the Heart research initiative at the University of California, Santa Cruz, Sowing Seeds celebrates the perseverance of a Filipino American community to transform the Pajaro Valley into a home in the face of racism and exclusion.
On view: April 12, 2024–August 4, 2024