Sight, the workhorse of the five senses, puts in too many hours keeping man from falling in manholes. Reward the most overworked sense with today's Groupon: for $20, you get a one-year individual membership to the Museum of Art and History (a $40 value).
The Museum of Art and History's magical meld of contemporary art and Santa Cruz County history came into being in 1996, when the art museum and the Santa Cruz Historical Society were fused. An individual membership gets you free admission to the museum's diverse collection, invitations to members-only exhibition previews, a discount to the museum's public programs, and, among other benefits, resistance to the wail of the banshee. Revisit the days of writing on paper and typing with one finger at the Don’t Forget to Write: Correspondence in the Pre-Electronic Age exhibit, which compares 1918 wartime letters with 2010 Facebook posts and showcases out-of-date communication methods, such as typewriters, fountain pens, and styrofoam cups connected by floss. Machines of Memory: Sculpture and Works on Paper by Joseph Zirker, an exhibit about the Bay Area printmaker's innovative work and methods, displays three- and two- dimensional compositions aglow with biomorphic shapes and symbols.
Educational opportunities, such as art classes and workshops for wee ones and adults alike, abound at the museum, as do opportunities to rub elbows with fellow art-and-history enthusiasts until the corduroy rubs off, with events including artist chats, lectures, and films. Catch a preview of the museum's fall lineup in its feature on SantaCruz.com to plan how to best use your shiny new benefits. The Museum of Art and History's exhibits and event schedule are ever-changing (the current set is scheduled to end in mid- to late November), so your membership will unfold to reveal manifold visual and intellectual delights over the course of a year.
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