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Watch our Community Briefing and TAKE ACTION!
March 20, 2023
With six brand new City Councilmembers and a fresh face in the Mayor’s chair, it’s time for us to come together and refocus our advocacy as they begin to set a path forward. We can’t wait to get started with you!
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...