Talk of the Bay from KSQD
Stoking the Cultural Vibrancy of Santa Cruz

On Talk of the Bay, host Suki Wessling speaks with Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History Executive Director Robb Woulfe. Suki and Robb discovered that they had an unexpected shared history: Robb has run arts organizations in Suki’s hometown of Midland, Michigan, and also in Ann Arbor, where she studied at the University of Michigan. Those places had other intersections with Santa Cruz: All three places have their own sorts of cultural vibrancy, something that Robb says is his main objective in his job of arts promoter and organizer. We touched on topics as diverse as investment in housing to meeting the public in a graveyard (with art). Listen in!

Explore our discussion:

  • Midland Center for the Arts provides space for an intersection of art and science
  • Wait, are we in Santa Cruz on an unexpectedly hot and muggy day? Nope, it’s the Ann Arbor Summer Festival.
  • On his way West, Robb stopped in and founded Breckenridge Creative Arts.
  • The Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History cares for the Evergreen Cemetery. During the lockdown, they conceived of an outdoor art experience that would draw people together at a time when they were supposed to keep their distance.
  • It’s true: The MAH booked an exhibit called “Atmosphere” long before they knew it would happen in the middle of an atmospheric river.
  • The Rydell Visual Arts Fellowship exhibition is up until March!