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Santa Cruz Writes Ignites Imaginations with Funding From the LRNG Innovators Challenge Grant

Publication: Santa Cruz Sentinel
Date: August 31, 2016

Summary: The new Chamber of Heart and Mystery sparks the imagination of younger writers at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History, thanks to Santa Cruz Writes and funding from our LRNG Innovators Challenge Grant.

 

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The Chamber of Heart and Mystery [is] a gorgeous new space at the Museum of Art & History which is designed with one purpose in mind: to ignite the imaginations of young writers.

The Chamber is ready for its unveiling as part of downtown Santa Cruz's First Friday celebration. It is the product of the Santa Cruz-based Young Writers Program and will serve as a portal to the Word Lab, an after-school program for teens and pre-teens interested in writing, opening in October.

The Chamber itself is a 350-square-foot gallery on the first floor of the MAH converted into what Young Writers Program director Julia Chiapella calls an 'imaginarium.' In fact, it is the study of our mythological heroine Nora Crux, a cozy room that evokes a kind of Edwardian-era closet of antique technology. 'Think Jules Verne meets Lemony Snicket,' said Chiapella."

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