Who We Are

We are a network of leaders who care about the cultural and aesthetic quality of life in Silicon Valley. We are conveners, promoters, incubators, and investors in Silicon Valley’s creative ecosystem. Our mission is to accelerate Silicon Valley’s creative culture.

What We Do

We build the creative sector’s capacity, raise the value and visibility of the creative sector, and increase access to arts and creativity.


We build the creative sector’s capacity by:


We raise the value and visibility of the creative sector by:

  • Publishing Content Magazine
  • Promoting and curating arts and cultural events through social media and LiveSV
  • Showcasing local artists through the Artist Laureate and Poet Laureate programs
  • Building networks through Pick-Up Parties and the Content LAB series


We increase access to arts and creativity by:

Why It Is Important

We believe that arts and creativity connect us to our heritage, to humanity, and to each other, fuel innovation and 21st century skills, help shape our identity and deepen attachment to this place, foster cross-cultural understanding and appreciation, and bring beauty, joy, and learning to our lives.

Our History

Arts Council Silicon Valley and 1stACT Silicon Valley merged in 2013 to create the regional nonprofit SVCREATES. SVCREATES builds on the Arts Council’s 30-year history of support to the arts community through regional grantmaking, professional development, the Artsopolis Network, the ArtsConnect program, and the Artist Laureate program, and builds on 1stACT Silicon Valley’s dynamic role in incubating innovative programs and initiatives like SPUR San Jose, School of Arts and Culture at MHP, Discover the Unexpected/LiveSV, MALI (Multicultural Arts Leadership Institute), and The Studio. Former 1stACT Managing Director and CEO, Connie Martinez, leads SVCREATES as its CEO. The merged SVCREATES team is committed to raising the visibility and value of the arts, growing investment in arts and creativity, increasing participation in creative outlets, and building the capacity of the cultural ecosystem.