Upcoming and Past Events

Visitors to the Secret History exhibit can explore the digital archives, see excerpts of interviews, explore the physical library of river-related books and materials, explore the boat, and talk with the artist. Additionally, an interactive feature is available to be screened inside the hosting institution.

Shantyboat at Ebb & Flow in Santa Cruz. Photo by Bredette Dyer

When visitors step onto the recreated shantyboat, they step into another world where they can pick up the banjo or a book, sit awhile and overhear the personal stories of shantyboaters, scientists, historians, and locals who live and work on the river.  They can explore issues faced by people on the river, navigating individual stories, multiple histories, and thematic paths.

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Jake Simowitz shares a river story at the UCSC Digital Art & New Media MFA show

Visitors are invited to share their own river stories. At each show, dozens of visitors hand-write or type meaningful recollections and experiences that in turn are added to the archive.

Upcoming Exhibitions

Here are upcoming exhibitions:

DateVenue, Location
Feb – Aug, 2019Portland Museum, Louisville, KY
Shantyboat at Ebb & Flow in Downtown Santa Cruz. Photo by Bredette Dyer

Past Exhibitions‌

A list of past exhibitions:

DateVenue, Location
Oct 21, 2018East Bay Mini Maker Faire, Oakland, CA
July 16 – Aug 16, 2018WhiteBox Art Space, Lower East Side, Manhattan, New York, NY
July 28 – Sep 16, 2018Waterfront Museum, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY
 July 31, 2018Open House at North Brooklyn Boat Club, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY
 Aug 2, 2018Artist Talk at Waterfront Museum, Brooklyn, NY
Jul 29, 2018Artist Talk at Sunview Luncheonette, Greenpoint, Brooklyn, NY
Jul 19 – 22, 2018Haverstraw Brick Museum and River Arts Fund, Haverstraw, NY
Jul 13 – 15, 2018Hudson River Maritime Museum, Kingston, NY
Jul 5 – 8, 2018Town of Waterford, Waterford, NY
Jul 1-2, 2018Yacht Basin, Fort Edward, NY with World Awareness Children’s Museum
May 26, 2018Felton Remembers Parade, Felton, CA
Jun 1, 2018Ebb & Flow Festival, Cooper St, Santa Cruz, CA
Jun 2, 2018Ebb & Flow Festival, Tannery Art Center, Santa Cruz, CA
Jul 1-30, 2017Sacramento History Museum, Sacramento, CA
Jun 3, 2017Ebb & Flow River Arts Celebration, Tannery Arts Center, Santa Cruz, CA
May 27, 2017Felton Remembers Parade, Felton, CA
Aug 22 – Sep 7, 2016River Discovery Center, Paducah, KY
Aug 5 – 8, 2016Kennedy Douglass Center for the Arts, Florence, AL
Jul 26 – 27, 2016Ditto Landing, Huntsville, AL
Jun 25 – Jul 5, 2016Knoxville Museum of Art & Volunteer Landing, Knoxville TN
Apr 7 – May 1, 2016In Conversation with UCSC Studio Art Faculty, R. Blitzer Gallery, Santa Cruz, CA
Nov 21, 2015Radical Craft Night, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, CA
Aug 1 – 5, 2015National Mississippi River Museum, Dubuque, IA (Photos)
Jun 26, 2015St. Paul Yacht Club, St. Paul, MN (Photos)
Jun 30, 2015Nine Nights of Music, Minnesota History Center, St Paul, MN (Photos)
Jul 1m, 2015River City Revue, St. Paul Yacht Club, St. Paul, MN
Apr 23 – 26, 2015UCSC Digital Art and New Media MFA Show, UCSC, Santa Cruz, CA (Photos)
Nov 21, 2014Radical Craft Night, Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, Santa Cruz, CA
Nov 8, 2014FIGMENT Oakland, Mosswood Park, Oakland, CA (Photos)
Jul 24, 2104Open House, Boom Island Park, Minneapolis, MN (Photos)
May 15, 2014UCSC Art Department Open Studios, UCSC, Santa Cruz, CA

F‌or more information about exhibiting the project, please see our exhibitions page.