Monday, June 22, 2015

"New Strategies for Creative Engagement" Blog Salon: April Gee

Our final day of our blog salon features a rally cry for Silicon Valley by April Gee, musician and founder of Petite Galleria, a Japantown boutique that curates one-of-a-kind gifts. 

I was at SV Creates' recent "tweetable" grant program, Product(dot)Relevance that was meant to engage "techies" with the arts in San Jose, and I got to observe some of the finalists today. ( I didn't make the cut)

Thursday, June 18, 2015

"New Strategies for Creative Engagement" Blog Salon: Cain Ramirez

Day 4 of our, "Strategies for Creative Engagement" blog salon features Cain Ramirez, Founder and CEO at Cowgirl Bike Courier and his ideas for a better Silicon Valley.

Wednesday, June 17, 2015

"New Strategies for Creative Engagement" Blog Salon: Chris Esparza

The third day of our first Blog Salon features restauranteur and one of Silicon Valley most active and creative entrepreneurs, Chris Esparza of Giant Creative.  We posed the same question to Chris: "Fill in the blanks: Silicon Valley needs more BLANK to drive BLANK," and his answer might not be what you expect - or it might...Let us know what you think in the comments!

Tuesday, June 16, 2015

"New Strategies for Creative Engagement" Blog Salon: Amy Dabalos

Continuing our first Blog Salon, Vocalist Amy Dabalos shared her ideas for strategic engagement by answering the following question: Fill in the blanks: Silicon Valley needs more BLANK to drive BLANK: 

Silicon Valley needs more live music to drive passion.

Monday, June 15, 2015

Welcome to the "New Strategies for Creative Engagement" Blog Salon: Lee Kopp

Today, we kick off our first Blog Salon and we have gathered a number of Silicon Valley’s most creative people from across the arts and culture landscape to participate. We posed the same question to each participant as we try to uncover new strategies for creative engagement for Silicon Valley arts and culture organizations: Fill in the blanks: Silicon Valley needs more BLANK to drive BLANK. We are excited to share their ideas and look forward to hearing from the greater community! Our first installment comes from Lee Kopp, Director, ArtSPARK. 

Silicon Valley needs more FREE art experiences that are available to everyone in our community, in order to DRIVE MORE MONEY to the arts.

Monday, April 13, 2015

The Myth of the Artist in Isolation, and, Just What is the M.A.L.I. Art/Life Forum?

The great actor Orson Welles once said “A good artist should be isolated. If he isn’t isolated, something is wrong” This quote is consistent with the image most of have of the great artist.  We picture the loner toiling over a painting, sculpture, or video footage until their masterpiece is ready to be shared with the world. With all due respect to Mr. Welles this image is more myth than reality. As most working artist and arts administrators will tell you being connected to a network of mentors, advocates, collaborators and resources is essential to survival in the Silicon Valley.

Monday, March 16, 2015

Increasing Engagement: Young Professionals and Friday Night at the Art Center

In 2014, Silicon Valley Creates partnered with the San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA) and the Knight Foundation to inspire new ideas and strategies, to help fund the execution of those ideas, and to provide training and support to share and nurture those strategies. This project has engaged a cohort of arts and cultural organizations, artists and creative entrepreneurs and has provided resources, training, and convening opportunities to support the deepening of audiences and to enable a connection and relationship with next generation audiences. Karen Kienzle, Director, Palo Alto Art Centerdetails the work they did last year through the next gen cohort: