What We Do

The Creative Center for the Arts (CCA), also called the Creative Center at Japantown Square, is a new model for supporting arts and creativity in the 21st century. The CCA will create a nexus of flexible services and spaces within physical and virtual infrastructures, promoting an environment of collaboration and an entrepreneurial spirit in the creative sector that will thrive in the context of Silicon Valley. As a sustainable hub of resources for the nonprofit creative sector, it will be part of a growing national network of shared facilities represented, studied, and served by the Nonprofit Centers Network (NCN). NCN has demonstrated the significant financial, programmatic, and communal benefits of such centers, which are becoming more and more common throughout the United States and Canada.

Who We Serve

The CCA will serve several key cultural organizations as anchor tenants and provide space and resources for both nonprofit and for-profit creative enterprises, as well as for independent artists and creatives.

Why It’s Important

The CCA is designed to address the unique set of challenges and opportunities that creatives and arts organizations face in Silicon Valley. The environment of experimentation, innovation, collaboration, and diverse thinking attracts and demands a community rich with creative enterprises and the arts. At the same time, the prosperity of the region makes available facility space for creative pursuits and arts groups rare and costly. The CCA will become a focal point for creative practice by offering innovative resources and space opportunities for resident organizations, independent creatives, and small cultural groups needing back office, studio, and rehearsal space by providing unified and cost-saving solutions.

What’s Been Done

  • In 2014, the City of San Jose signed an agreement with developer Related California for the purchase/sale of the Corp Yard—a 5.25-acre site in Japantown—and dedicated a 0.75-acre portion of the property as the CCA site.
  • In 2015, Ankrom Mosian Architects developed a conceptual design for a 60,000-square-foot, four-story facility—a facility that will be integrated with a destination public park plaza.
  • In 2015, SVCREATES, with real estate advisors from the Northern California Community Loan Fund and pro bono legal counsel from Latham and Watkins, began development of the capital plan and business model for the CCA.
  • In 2015, SVCREATES initiated capital fundraising and the application process for New Market Tax Credits to fund construction.
  • In 2015, the San Jose City Council approved zoning permits.
  • In 2016, a Potential Tenant Advisory Group of fifteen local arts organizations and artists started meeting to provide input into the design of the facility.
  • In 2016, Ankrom Mosian Architects and Ken Kay Landscape Architects started a schematic design for the building and the connected park plaza.

What’s Next

  • SVCREATES and Ankrom Mosian Architects will submit plans to the City of San Jose to apply for PD Permit.
  • SVCREATES will select a builder/general contractor for the construction project.
  • SVCREATES will sign lease term sheets with a range of prospective tenants.