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SJArts

Community Budget Meetings Make your voice heard for the arts!

May 13, 2021
Investment, Policy
SJAA Team
As we begin to emerge from the pandemic, San José Arts Advocates believes that a significant investment in our creative ecosystem will help rebuild our local economy and reactivate our city for residents, workers, and visitors. The City of San José budget process is an opportunity for advocates to speak up and let city leaders...

Mayor’s March Budget Message Released Where's the arts?

March 15, 2021
Policy
SJAA Team
The SJAA Core Team has reviewed the Mayor’s budget message for items that would have a direct impact on the creative community.

An Open Letter to Mayor Liccardo SJAA response to the censorship of the Holding the Moment exhibit

February 20, 2021
Community, Op-Ed, Policy
SJAA Team
SJAA believes in a public process for the installation and deinstallation of any and all public art projects. Sign our letter to Mayor Liccardo calling on the City to conduct a thorough public review of the series of events that led to the early deinstallation of the Holding the Moment exhibit.

Envisioning Diridon Station Read the report from our workshop with CatalyzeSV

January 4, 2021
Community, Policy
Peter Allen
As a key component of our mission, San José Arts Advocates are committed to collaborating with other community-based organizations to create a more inclusive, engaged, and empowered San José. That’s why on November 21, 2020, thanks to support from the City of San José, we partnered with CatalyzeSV, San José Jazz, and genARTS Silicon Valley...

Let's go to the replay! City Council Candidate Forums

September 16, 2020
Elections, Policy
SJAA Team
Recently, San José Arts Advocates hosted our first-ever series of candidate forums with the incumbents and challengers vying for City Council Districts 4 and 6 in the November 2020 elections, which could swing the balance of power on the council. Over two nights in early September, we engaged the four candidates in a wide-ranging conversation...

Investing in the Arts For a more equitable and resilient San José

June 10, 2020
Investment
SJAA Team
Now is not the time to divest from the important community building and reflection work that is done by our nonprofit arts sector. Sadly, that is exactly what our city leaders are proposing.

Black Lives Matter

June 7, 2020
Community
SJAA Team
The horrific murder of George Floyd and countless other Black lives at the hands of police officers have left all of our communities agonizing in pain and grief. At San José Arts Advocates, it has been difficult to articulate the outrage and despair of this moment, yet we know that silence is not an option.

Assembly Bill 5

April 15, 2020
Legislation, Op-Ed
Brendan Rawson
With the misguided adoption of Assembly Bill 5 (AB5) this past January, Sacramento is undercutting fundamental parts of the ecosystem for the performing arts in California. The law has resulted in a multitude of scenarios in which artists are losing opportunities to create and California audiences are losing the opportunity to benefit immeasurably from experiencing...