What We Do

We are infusing arts and creativity into an existing 300,000-square-foot hospital wing at Valley Medical Center (VMC) and co-creating San Jose’s first Women and Children’s Center in partnership with the hospital and their foundation. Using a “community barn raising” approach, we are planning and designing artful, creative and interactive spaces by harnessing cultural partners, local talent, and resources.

Who We Serve

As Silicon Valley’s only “safety net” hospital, these transformed spaces and upgraded services at VMC will serve their 450,000 patient population, which represents some of the poorest women, children, and families in Santa Clara County. This “cultural makeover” is also designed to support and inspire VMC’s exemplary staff of doctors, nurses, and support workers.

Why It’s Important

Research shows that patients and their families do better in a hospital setting with inviting spaces, creative activities, natural light, access to outside areas, and warm colors. The transformation of these spaces and services replaces fear and anxiety with wonder and joy, aids the healing process, builds community, and creates a sense of place.

What’s Been Done

  • Developed a conceptual vision
  • Raised $10M
  • Formed Advisory Committee
  • Conducted focus groups with community and staff advisory groups
  • Recruited over a dozen cultural partners
  • Selected artist and commissioned a major public art installation
  • Secured two NEA “artist in residencies” and selected artists

What’s Next

  • Complete design development for the 5th floor
    • Plans include a children’s library, family lounges, interactive exhibits, play areas, and gallery of children’s book illustrations
  • Implement public art designs for the building exterior
  • Develop conceptual designs for the 4th floor and 1st floor lobby
  • Plan painting, lighting, and carpet refresh for each floor
  • Secure a $15M naming opportunity

Learn More

For additional details about this initiative, visit the Imagine VMC website.