The Indivisible movement is founded on the idea that democracy is not a spectator sport. That spirit was brought to life in a special way at ResistFest, an interactive art festival put on by Santa Cruz Indivisible this September. Held in the streets of Santa Cruz, ResistFest featured a myriad of interactive art projects that invited members of the community to be a player, a protagonist, and a partner. This art festival was not designed with passive spectators in mind. After all, it was a celebration of democracy..
ResistFest took place in three different yet connected locations in downtown Santa Cruz, including inside the Museum of Art and History (MAH). Eleven of the group’s issue groups took over parking spaces along Cooper Street, an idea modelled after PARK(ing) Day, which is an annual global event where artists and activists temporarily transform metered parking spaces into public spaces. Santa Cruz Mayor Cynthia Chase spoke at the event and was a partner throughout.