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To Santa Cruz’s place for all
to Move & Be Moved

Our Mission & Vision

Mission: The 418 Project supports emerging artists and diverse communities to create a more inclusive world

Vision: We envision a world where all people feel safe being together

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Organizational Values

We believe...


The arts, especially local arts, are a pillar of social change

When emerging artists and diverse communities get the resources they need, our world becomes less violent and fearful



When people feel a greater sense of belonging, we awaken to our inner expressiveness, curiosity and humanity

The most powerful way to improve life for all people is to strategically increase opportunity for those furthest from opportunity, thereby addressing centuries of inequity


Actions we take...

We provide no-cost artist mentorships, and low to no-cost studio, development, and venue space to emerging artists and diverse communities, so they can feel a sense of safety and belonging while they do their work



We commit to dismantling white supremacy by consistently training our board, staff, facilitators and contributing artists in restorative, resilient, and compassionate communication

We curate our programming to center those from diverse groups, creating an environment where a wide variety of perspectives are uplifted


We design our leadership and staff to represent as broad a variety of views as possible, placing diverse individuals in positions of authority and power


We go slowly, softly and humbly, knowing our work is the work of multiple lifetimes


Since 1993, The 418 Project has provided affordable, accessible programming—a home where artists and entrepreneurs can grow their gifts centered around Community, Mindfulness, Art, and Embodiment.

In our new permanent home, we are committed to making a significant difference and we are humbly aiming to create equitable outcomes that benefit all people.

What does this mean?  Santa Cruz is in the midst of social and economic change. When redevelopment happens, BIPOC people, women, artists, and teachers are disproportionately affected. The 418 Project’s new permanent facility, located in the heart of downtown Santa Cruz, will serve an estimated 160,000 visits a year, becoming a welcoming home to emerging artists and diverse communities. Our artist-led, locally imagined offerings enrich everyone's lives, creating a healthier, more connected community where people feel safer together.

Think globally, support locally! If you have the resources, it’s a great time to support a place that will make a difference, now and for generations to come. Santa Cruz is now the second least affordable place to live in the US; your donation supports accessible space for diverse communities and helps keep working artists in Santa Cruz and beyond.

Coming soon....

All Original Performance Art Asking One Provocative Question

March 17, 18, 19  2023
8 PM


Afterglow Soirée 
Friday March 24 
7:30-10 pm

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