What We Do

The Studio cultivates the next generation of creatives and change-makers in Silicon Valley by partnering with local arts organizations, youth development organizations, community service organizations, local school districts, the Santa Clara County Office of Education, the City of San Jose, local colleges, and creative professionals. Program participants are provided with opportunities to learn, collaborate, create, and exhibit their work.

Who We Serve

Young, aspiring creatives and change-makers, ages 13-24, gain access to after-school digital media classes offered by media educators and professional artists.

Why It’s Important

Silicon Valley, known as the center of innovation and known for an abundance of wealth, still has growing poverty. In 2010, 13% of children in Santa Clara County lived in poverty. Of the more than 400,000 children residing in the county under the age of 18, almost 60,000 fell below the federal poverty line. Providing children in Silicon Valley living under the poverty line with access to better teachers, tools, and technology is one strategy for addressing economic inequality in our community.

What’s Been Done

  • The Studio reaches over 1,500 students annually
  • A network of 30 programming sites and community partners has been created
  • The Studio engages over 40 educators and professional artists each year