Three Things to make you fall in love with San Jos√©
Written by Sherrill Ingalls, Director of Marketing and Communications, San Jos√© Museum of Art
The San Jos√© Museum of Art team loves San Jos√© for many reasons‚Äînot the least of which is our location in a beautiful historic building, was once the city‚Äôs 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 Jos√© continues to inspire SJMA to present exciting and vibrant programs for all ages and interests--and to reach out beyond the museum‚Äôs walls. Here are three things to make you fall in love with San Jos√©.
1. The art of California‚Äîand beyond
With SJMA‚Äôs regularly changing galleries, you‚Äôll 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 ‚Äúpurely Californian.‚Äù 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).
Look at any weekend on the calendar and you are bound to find a festival in San Jos√©. From the T√™t Festival to Cinequest, from San Jose Jazz Summerfest to D√≠a de los Muertos, year-round events showcase the creative people from diverse cultural backgrounds who make San Jos√© great. SJMA joins in the fun by hosting three free Community Days every year. At Lunar New Year (February 17, 2018) and D√≠a 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‚Äôs Maker Day showcases the innovative hands-on spirit of Silicon Valley. Throughout the year, watch for SJMA‚Äôs new ‚ÄúArt Portal,‚Äù 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‚Äôs staff love the exciting collaborations that happen with our fellow arts organizations in San Jos√©. In partnership with Children‚Äôs 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‚Äôs 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 Jos√©‚Äôs public art landscape.
The San Jos√© Museum of Art celebrates new ideas, stimulates creativity, and inspires connection. We look forward to welcoming you‚Äîhere 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.