About

A sustainable, accessible and vibrant home for the arts in Santa Cruz County, the Tannery campus includes a theatre, cafe, live/work lofts, gallery, working studios, dance school and Arts Council offices. Members of the public can experience the Tannery through classes and events, or just stop by for a coffee any day of the week!

History

The area now home to the Tannery Arts Center Project once housed a thriving leather industry.

Three tanneries, including the Salz Tannery, operated where Pogonip Creek meets the San Lorenzo River over the period of 145 years. The tanneries fueled the economy of Santa Cruz County and the Central Coast. The Salz Tannery closed in 2001 due to the lower-cost leather production in China and Asia.

A local effort to redevelop the closed tannery into an arts campus started soon after, and the Tannery Arts Center opened in 2009, with 100 live/work residences and 28 working studios. The Colligan Theatre was completed in 2015. Five of the original buildings, constructed in the mid-1800s, were preserved as part of the Tannery Arts Center Project, including the Kron House, Hide House, Beam House and Tanyard Buildings. 

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