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Use our suggestion box to recommend programs or to volunteer
June 23, 2021
If we want to grow as an organization and a movement, SJAA knows that we need your help. That’s why we created this quick Google form to hear about the programs you’d like to see from us and how you can get more involved in our work. Please take a minute to share your thoughts today!
Last chance to raise your voice on the city budget!
June 9, 2021
Ron P. Muriera
The City Manager’s latest draft budget for FY2021-2022 earmarks $2 million in American Rescue Plan funds to support arts and cultural programs that have been devastated COVID-19. And now, the Mayor has proposed using additional one-time relief funds to backfill shortfalls in the Transient Occupancy Tax (aka TOT or Hotel Tax). While we thank the...
Community Budget Meetings
Make your voice heard for the arts!
May 13, 2021
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
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
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
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...
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City Council Candidate Forums
September 16, 2020
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
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
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
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...