"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: Sandra Lucille, Dear Watsonville, 2023, Video, Collection of Sandra Lucille
SANTA CRUZ—To kick off Asian American and Pacific Islander History Month, the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History (MAH) and Watsonville is in the Heart (WIITH) will co-host an Educators Mixer on Friday, May 3, 2024. The event provides educators with a chance to meet with WIITH team members who are working to produce educational resources about Filipino American history in Santa Cruz county. It will feature free lesson plans, demonstrations of digital teaching tools, and access to MAH exhibits, including Sowing Seeds: Filipino American Stories from the Pajaro Valley, which will be on view starting April 12, 2024.
When: Friday, May 3, 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