Big Ideas, Deep Dives

Are you ready for a new kind of roundtable? A group of minds that enlightens, inspires and encourages? One that offers outside expertise, and practical tools and strategies for the issues most relevant to your work? Leaders in the arts need dedicated time to reflect and recharge with their peers in the field. If you’re ready for a different type of leadership conversation, this series is for you. SVMindshare meets regularly in small group discussion sessions to dive deep into the most pressing questions facing the cultural sector today. Over the course of the series, arts leaders develop invaluable new networks, better understanding of challenges across artistic disciplines, and increased confidence in their own leadership capacity.

What We Do

A periodic roundtable conversation devoted to high-level topics affecting your work, your calling, and your industry, such as:
  • Strategic planning
  • Organizational metrics
  • Work/life blend
  • Best practices in management
  • Arts advocacy

Who We Serve

  • Management-level nonprofit arts leaders (staff or board) seeking to strengthen their peer network and to play a role in the greater Santa Clara County arts community
  • Collaborative thinkers committed to a culture of learning and sharing
  • Preference given to representatives of current or recent SVCREATES grantee organizations
  • Facilitated by Alyssa Byrkit, Consultant in Strategy, Leadership and Philanthropy

Why It’s Important

As established creative sector leaders retire and the arts nonprofit model is challenged by the forces of digital culture, demographic shifts, and the changing nature of “creative consumption,” it is vital to leverage local talent, prepare the sector for the next generation of audiences, navigate new economic realities, and bridge the past with the future. The critical role the arts play in our local communities has never been more evident, and an activated network of leaders with a common language will provide voice and visibility to the sector.

What’s Been Done

Completed four year-long series of SVMindshare, serving over 50 local arts leaders from a diverse range of backgrounds and artistic disciplines throughout Santa Clara County. These leaders have formed deep relationships, collaborated on programming, become active advocates, and provided peer support to each other during challenging times as well as triumphs.

SVMindshare Alums (2017-2021)

Andrew LowdElizabeth SantanaMatt Casey
Angela ShillaceGordon LeeMattie Scariot
Ann WattsHeidi LubinMax Koknar
Barbara GaliottoJames WilliamsMoses Taylor
Bobby ChastainJoshua LanamNadine Frush
Bree von FaithKaren RappNancy Bavor
Charles FrostKim MesaPriya Das
Cheryl ScalesLauren BainesRobert Pesich
Chloe CrotzerLee Ann PayneSally Logothetti
Christine MendozaLeigh Henderson
Shoko Michael
Dalia RawsonLihong ZhangTamara Liu
David BrownLouis Stone-CollongeTony Ferrigno
Dawn MurakamiLucy LarsonVinita Sud Belani
Doug BrookMary Beth Anderson


What’s Next

Fifteen local arts leaders have been selected for the 2021-22 SVMindshare cohort. SVCREATES is delighted to announce these participants, representing a range of artistic disciplines and backgrounds. The 2021-22 SVMindshare Cohort includes:

Ami Davis, NUMU | New Museum Los Gatos
Annalisa Tkacheff, Silicon Valley Shakespeare
Carman Gaines, Local Color SJ
Kristina Nakagawa, Vivace Youth Chorus
Michael Pappalardo, San Jose Dance Theatre
Patrick Klein, Palo Alto Players
Rosalinda Sanchez, Audacity Performing Arts Project
Sinjin Jones, The Pear Theatre
Sonja Wohlgemuth, Music for Minors
Stacey Crespo Kellogg, POW! WOW! San Jose
Trami Cron, Chopsticks Alley Art
Trudy Levy, FUSEpresents
Verónica Meza, Teatro Nahual
Viera Whye, San Jose Multicultural Artists Guild/Tabia African-American Theatre Ensemble
Wilson Alexander Aguilar, The Choral Project

Applications for the 2022-23 SVMindshare program will be available in Spring 2022. Please contact Alyssa Erickson, SVCREATES Program Manager with any questions, alyssae@svcreates.org.