Kirby Scudder stands alone on his porch staring at another one of his unique art projects — a 25-foot-diameter globe made out of recycled plastic. An impressive construction site of what will soon become the Tannery Arts Center looms behind him in the distance. For those in the arts community, this skeleton of wood and steel marks a crucial stride forward in a growing movement to organize and represent the thousands of local artists, thereby transforming Santa Cruz into a thriving epicenter of artistic activity.
Santa Cruz’s reputation as a quirky, organic-fed culture is nothing new. However, when it comes to being internationally recognized as a hotbed for artists, art galleries, and an established arts community, such as those belonging to New York or Los Angeles, Santa Cruz has always fallen short.