SubRosa is a non-profit, donation-funded space in downtown Santa Cruz for art and radical projects run by a collective of volunteers from the local anarchist community. It offers anarchist books and literature, gourmet coffee, performance and a weekly open mic, gallery art by emerging local artists, and a garden courtyard social space.

Those looking for a good, strong, inexpensive cup of coffee are in luck. SubRosa is a refuge for the nearly extinct $1 cup of coffee served in your own mug. Literature for sale includes anti-authoritarian, ecological and anarchist books and zines. The space also houses the Anarchist Lending Library, featuring books on anarchy, Situationists, history, politics, ecology, indigenous studies, feminism and psychology that might not be available in the local library.


SubRosa is located next to the Bike Church, at Pacific Avenue and Spruce Street. Volunteers transformed a run-down warehouse space and bleak parking lot on lower Pacific into a cozy community and performance space with a large patio surrounded by a beautiful garden. Inside and outside, people gather around small tables for coffee and conversation, reading, talking, meeting, and enjoying performances and art. Free wi-fi and public computers are also available for use. A variety of radical community events will be held at SubRosa, including monthly art shows, Free Skool classes and a weekly Open Mic on Thursdays at 8pm.

Who We Are

While volunteers are drawn from a broad community of supporters, the SubRosa collective is composed of some of the same people who brought Guerilla Drive-In, Free Skool, and the Last Night DIY Parade to Santa Cruz. Members of the long-extinct performance space What Is Art? are part of the effort. These are people you already know in Santa Cruz, people involved in local art, politics, community and DIY events for years and years.