Long-time Santa Cruzians, Chip and Abra Allan came into the KZSC station, November 21, 2011, to talk with Nada Miljkovic about their art of community building and organizing the Santa Cruz Arts community. In particular, we talked about First Friday Santa Cruz, Santa Cruz Dance, Motion at the Mill.  Chip serves as the Executive Director of the Downtown Association of Santa Cruz and Abra is Owner and Director of Motion Pacific Dance Studio as well as the Founding-Director of Santa Cruz Dance.

Abra Allan and Chip are co-directors of First Friday Santa Cruz, a monthly self guided art-tour. The First Friday has been evolving for nearly a decade. In 2003, Chip and Kirby cofounded the of the Santa Cruz Institute of Contemporary Arts in 2004. From their multi-location Question Galleries and Question Art Tour, Chip quickly realized that the Artists were in great need of places to show their work.

On the First Friday of each mont,h dozens of galleries, boutiques, coffee houses, restaurants, Banks and more open their doors to thousands of art lovers for a community celebration of the arts. The First Friday Art Tour happens every month, rain or shine throughout Santa Cruz. Founded by the Santa Cruz Institute of Contemporary Arts, and managed in conjunction with the participating Art venues, First Friday is a free event for enthusiastic Art Goers and an opportunity for our many talented Artists to exhibit and promote their work. Come out next Friday, December 2, 2011,

Dance has been a part of Abra Allan’s life since about the time she learned to walk. She comes from a family of musicians with a deep love of music and performance. In 2008, Abra founded Santa Cruz Dance which presents National Dance Week Santa Cruz, a community-wide celebration that has grown to be one of Santa Cruz’ most looked forward to events. The following year, Abra added the Santa Cruz Ethnic Dance Festival to the annual calendar and began presenting Dance performances featuring local Dance companies as well as artists from the Bay Area.

Abra is also the owner-director of Motion Pacific Dance Studio. Abra and Chip were instrumental in creating the recently renovated Motion at the Mill Performance venue. The Motion at the Mill Season for fall ends with the upcoming Show, Stockings…a Holiday Cabaret happening December 9th and 10th.

To hear our broadcast in its entirety, please click the gray ‘play’ button below: [haiku url=”http://miljkovic.org/old_public_html/nada/aoa112111.mp3″ title=”Chip and Abra Allan” graphical=”true”]

Here is a movie of our show:


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