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:
We increase access to arts and creativity by:
- Creating digital media opportunities for teens through The Studio
- Connecting teachers to arts education offerings through ArtsEdConnect
- Infusing arts and creativity into the Women and Children’s Center at VMC
- Incubating initiatives that increase access to the arts such as Artsopolis, the School of Arts & Culture at MHP and Artful Aging.
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 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 the Arts Council’s 30-year history of support to the arts community through regional grantmaking, professional development 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, MALI (Multicultural Arts Leadership Institute), and The Studio