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.