Three Things to make you fall in love with San José

Written by Sherrill Ingalls, Director of Marketing and Communications, San José Museum of Art

The San José Museum of Art team loves San José for many reasons—not the least of which is our location in a beautiful historic building, was once the city’s post office and library, preserved by a devoted group of community members who helped found the Museum in 1969. The energy and diversity of San José continues to inspire SJMA to present exciting and vibrant programs for all ages and interests--and to reach out beyond the museum’s walls. Here are three things to make you fall in love with San José.

1.     The art of California‚Äîand beyond

With SJMA’s regularly changing galleries, you’ll see something new every time you visit. Exhibitions range from contemporary photography and paintings to cutting-edge video and installation art by leading artists from across the United States and around the world. This spring, SJMA celebrates the 60-year career of San Francisco artist Raimonds Staprans, whose landscapes and still-lifes are filled with the vibrant color and light of the Golden State. Staprans calls his paintings “purely Californian.” Full Spectrum: Paintings by Raimonds Staprans is on view through May 20. Be sure to go upstairs to experience the powerful, thought-provoking art of The Propeller Group, the internationally acclaimed art collective based in Vietnam and Los Angeles (through March 25).

2.    Festivals

Look at any weekend on the calendar and you are bound to find a festival in San José. From the Têt Festival to Cinequest, from San Jose Jazz Summerfest to Día de los Muertos, year-round events showcase the creative people from diverse cultural backgrounds who make San José great. SJMA joins in the fun by hosting three free Community Days every year. At Lunar New Year (February 17, 2018) and Día de los Muertos (November 3, 2018), SJMA offers full days of fun with art-making, live entertainment, and cultural demonstrations that put a contemporary spin on global traditions. In June, SJMA’s Maker Day showcases the innovative hands-on spirit of Silicon Valley. Throughout the year, watch for SJMA’s new “Art Portal,” a pop-up studio that will bring hands-on art activities to festivals and communities around town.

3.     A mural of hope at Discovery Meadow

SJMA’s staff love the exciting collaborations that happen with our fellow arts organizations in San José. In partnership with Children’s Discovery Museum and Empire 7 Studios, SJMA recently brought an inspiring work of public art to Discovery Meadow. Sophie Holding the World Together by acclaimed muralist El Mac, in collaboration with The Propeller Group, graces the portal leading to the Children’s Discovery Museum. The artists envision a borderless community of creative thinkers. This message of hope, a mural depicting nine-year-old immigration activist Sophie Cruz, is now a permanent addition to San José’s public art landscape.

The San José Museum of Art celebrates new ideas, stimulates creativity, and inspires connection. We look forward to welcoming you—here at the Museum on Market Street or around town.


In the spirit of love that is associated with this month, we are running a series of guest blog posts from our SVO members, like this one, who offer all the reasons to fall in love with San Jose. Follow along on social media with the hashtag #HeartofSV.


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