The Team

The Team

Meet SJAA’s Core Team of volunteer artists and activists who have come together to launch this new organization.
Peter Allen

Peter Allen

Peter was formally educated as a screenwriter and now wears hats of different shapes and sizes, including planning commissioner, marketing guru, and community activist.
Julia Canavese

Julia Canavese

Julia is a San José native, a dancer, a writer, a passionate arts administrator, and the local nerd next door.
Sofia Fojas

Sofia Fojas

Sofia is an advocate for arts and culture for the students in our county as a veteran educator and continues to play music professionally and for fun.
Dana Harris Seeger

Dana Harris Seeger

Dana is a printmaker, painter, educator, and entrepreneur. She is currently the SVCreates Artist Laureate for Santa Clara County. She is the co-creator and program coordinator of the School of Visual Philosophy in San José.
Mighty Mike McGee

Mighty Mike McGee

Mike is a spoken word artist, the former Santa Clara County Poet Laureate, and a fan of lasagna.
Ron P. Muriera

Ron P. Muriera

Ron has 20 years of being a performing artist, community activist, arts advocate, and culturista. He's known for playing a mean accordion.
Amanda Rawson

Amanda Rawson

Amanda advocates for the arts both through her work in public art planning and as a volunteer in various arts organizations and museums.
Brendan Rawson

Brendan Rawson

Brendan has been gleefully clapping on the 1 and 3 his whole life and is not about to stop now.
Yori Seeger

Yori Seeger

Yori is a figurative sculptor classically trained in Florence, Italy. He graduated from the San Francisco Art Institute and is a co-founder of Visual Philosophy, an art hub and atelier in San José.
Eva Smith Glynn

Eva Smith Glynn

Eva, a marketing communications professional and undercover writer, has found meaning and purpose in helping nonprofit art organizations and nascent literary movements. She's stepping into the political realm in order to round out her love letter to San José.
Emeritus

Eileen Beckley

Eileen spent her career teaching middle school and junior college and now consults on the arts for the Santa Clara County Office of Education.

Jeannine Flores

Jeannine is the former Visual and Performing Arts Coordinator for the Santa Clara County Office of Education (SCCOE) and is currently serving in that capacity in Los Angeles.