ResistFest | September 2017

Through art ResistFest seeks to engage people in political discussion, create art and community, resist the republican agenda, and empower people to represent themselves.

ResistFest was inspired by PARK(ing) Day in San Francisco and other big cities. We were interested in exploring a creative space inspired by activists living rooms. Most of our member activists have been meeting in their homes to work together to take political action and we wanted to recreate that on a larger scale. Each ‘parklet’ is inspired by the issues each group is working on.

ResistFest, a community event that uses art to foster connection between the public, artists, member activists, and SCI Issue Teams, for what we call Civic Engagement 2.0. ResistFest strives to bring people together to create art, engage in conversation, and empower people to take political action. The event featured artwork from several local art collectives as well as over 40 local political artists and musicians.

ResistFest took place 9/23/17 2pm–6pm on Cooper Street in downtown Santa Cruz at the Museum of Art and History (MAH) and in Abbott Square adjacent to the museum. There was food, music, and arts-related events for both children and adults.

Kristine Albrecht | Hildy Bernstein | Russel Brutsche | Mary Alice Copp | Myra Eastman | David Flemming | Rachel Forrest | Sara Friedlander | Cliff Friedlander | Angela Gleason | Amanda Harris Altice | Lidia Hasenhauer | Aisha Hudson | Dee Hooker | Juan Carlos Ibarra | Carson Kelly | Lucien Kubo | Ralph Lazar |  John McKinley | Ina Nadborny | Nadine Nimitz | Elijah Pfotenhauer | Felicia Rice| Cynthia Sugarena | Barbara Schatan | Kirby Scudder | Sandy Shaw | Peggy Snider | Lisa Swerling | Donna Thompson | Susan Vaughn| Terry Michael Walker | Helen Wallace | Daniella Wolfe |

Print | Organize | Protest (P.O.P.): Janina Larenas | Subjects to Change: Jamie Keil | Kids Art Congress: Emily Coren | Guerrilla Printmaking: Melissa West

Special thanks to all the artists from Artists Respond and Resist Together | ARRT for all the volunteer help, support, and art

Participating Musicians

Cement Ship | Kevin Craft | Paul Damon | G_K-C | KHAN | Lyrical I | Mesha L & SPC-CDT | Nexus | Ra-be | Average Jill | Coleen Douglas | Per Haaland

ResistFest Gold Sponsor

Thank you to Saybubble for the generous sponsorship to support ResistFest!

Press and PR

Santa Cruz Sentinel | KSBW news | Museum of Art and History (MAH) | City on a Hill Press | City of Santa Cruz | Good Times | | Downtown Santa Cruz | All Events | Indivisible National Blog |

ResistFest is a creation of Santa Cruz Indivisible

Event Videos:

Video by Austen Paul and music by Nathan Altice.

The Citizen-ship/USS DREAMERS was created by Sara and Cliff Friedlander, Daniella Wolfe, and Kirby Scudder.

Video by Nardo Cruz on 2017-09-24.

Videos from performing artists: