What We Do

We are leading the development of the Creative Center for the Arts (CCA) in Japantown, a 52,000 sq ft shared use facility being designed as a sustainable hub of spaces and resources that embraces Silicon Valley’s diversity, entrepreneurial spirit, and culture of collaboration. We are raising funds, managing the entitlement and construction process, and securing tenants.

Who We Serve

The CCA will serve the Japantown neighborhood, the regional cultural ecosystem and numerous local arts organizations, artists and arts patrons by providing below market space and resources for offices, rehearsal space, meetings, classrooms and more.

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 arts and creative enterprises. 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. The national Nonprofit Centers Network (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.

What’s Been Done

  • Formed partnership with Williams and Dame in 2014 and subsequent developers Related California and Shea Properties to develop Creative Center in Japantown.
  • Developed capital plan and business model in partnership with real estate advisors from the Northern California Community Loan Fund and pro bono legal counsel from Latham and Watkins.
  • Applied for New Market Tax Credits to fund construction.
  • Formed Tenant Advisory Group, developed lease terms and secured their intent.
  • Selected team of Ankrom Mosian Architects, Ken Kay Landscape Architects and Nova Partners as construction managers.
  • Completed design development for the facility and secured City of San Jose approval of Planned Development permit.
  • Awarded a prestigious and competitive ArtPlace America grant in 2017.
  • Secured a 55 year ground lease to provide the site for $1 per year in January 2018.
  • Launched capital campaign.


What’s Next

  • Select general contractor for the Creative Center construction.
  • Complete capital fundraising.
  • Construct the building and coordinate with the adjacent park plaza development.