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
- Building networks through Content Pick Up Parties, Meet Ups and Happy Hours
- Partnering with San Jose.org to curate arts and cultural events
- Showcasing local artists through SVLaureate and Poet Laureate programs
- Hosting SVARTS showcasing event
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, deepen attachment to place, foster cross-cultural understanding and appreciation, and bring beauty, joy, and learning to our lives.
Arts Council Silicon Valley and 1stACT Silicon Valley merged in 2013 to create the regional nonprofit SVCREATES
builds on Arts Council’s 30-year history of support to the arts community through regional grantmaking, professional development and the Artist Laureate program, and on 1stACT Silicon Valley’s dynamic role in incubating innovative programs and initiatives like SPUR San Jose
, School of Arts and Culture at MHP
, MALI (Multicultural Arts Leadership Institute)
, and The Studio