The 'Power Hour of Fun' gives adults the freedom to be goofy, one minute at a time


When I went to the very first Power Hour of Fun in 2014 at the Museum of Art and History, I had no idea what I was in for—but then, neither did the rest of the world.

At the time, it was just a secret plan for a totally unique interactive social experience brewing in the mind of the MAH’s “Community Catalyst” Elise Granata. That night, though, it became real.

Oh man, so real. I can sort of generally describe the experience by saying that Granata leads the proceedings from up on stage, giving a new prompt for the crowd to follow every 60 seconds. These prompts range from making a particular motion to interacting with other crowd members—and the more ridiculous they get, the more sublime the experience. With 60 different prompts over 60 minutes, the pace gets both frenetic and hilarious, and so—in honor of the next Power Hour of Fun coming up at the MAH on Thursday, Nov. 29—I tried to recreate a bit of that feeling via a rapid-fire interview with Granata in which I like to think we tapped into the true spirit of the Power Hour. Hold on tight.

By Wallace Baine for the Santa Cruz Sentinel 1/19/17

Too often, fun lies just on the other side of self-conscious weirdness. Genuine human-to-human connection is just beyond the threshold of social awkwardness.

An upcoming event at the Museum of Art & History in Santa Cruz acknowledges that awkwardness and looks to capitalize on it by offering up one simple question:

You can do just about anything for a minute, can’t you?

It’s called the “Power Hour of Fun,” and it takes place at the MAH on Friday evening and it could one day be a hugely popular way to meet new people and turn mere acquaintances into friends.



by Fleur Williams for Local Santa Cruz 1/15/17


There are many ways to process the upcoming Inauguration Day on January 20. One minute of yelling at the top of your lungs with 150 other people may be one of the most cathartic. Luckily, this will be just one of the stress-relieving, ice-breaking, joy-inducing activities taking place at the Santa Cruz Museum of Art and History this coming Friday during Power Hour of Fun.

This participatory time-based event provides one non-stop hour of 60 different social and artful experiences, happening back-to-back every single minute. Power Hour of Fun was founded in November 2014 by the MAH’s Community Manager, Elise Granata. The event was initially designed to bring people together in celebration for Granata’s birthday party. Since then, she has developed the concept into a large-scale, interactive event that has been a sensation at conferences, events and parties around the Bay Area and New York.