Inaugural Pow!Wow! San Jose - Community Building on a Global Stage

POW! —

It’s the impact that art has on a person.

WOW! —

It’s the reaction that art has on a viewer.

Together they form POW WOW, which is a Native American term that describes a gathering that celebrates culture, music, and art.

POW! WOW! San Jose is here.

Empire Seven Studios, led by Jennifer Ahn and Juan Carlos Araujo since 2008 and Universal Grammar (UNGRAMR) collective, led by Thomas Ramon Aguilar since 2000, have shared ideology in providing a space for world-class, emerging talent locally and abroad. Now, together they form an entity to continue this mission on the worldwide platform known as POW! WOW! as this new joint has been building our scaffold ready to paint a new chapter for San Jose.

The excitement has been budding since the moment was conceived that San Jose would be blessed to present its own iteration of POW! WOW! Shout out to POW! WOW! founder Jasper Wong in his relentless movement to bring art to a public forum, creating galleries on the streets for all to see, and for later generations to enjoy.

San Jose’s version may be your first encounter with the worldwide public art festival that has now been presented in over 13 cities across the globe, producing more than 500 murals worldwide.

This inaugural event takes place October 22 through October 29, celebrating the efforts of local artists, and some out of town ones, with the culmination of 16 new murals being added to the San Jose landscape.

The greater San Jose community is invited to come out and enjoy music events highlighting our local standouts –including emerging and global sonic influencers—every night of the week.

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To end the week-long festival, the community is invited to come together for a block party in the SoFA (South of First Arts District) and a bike riding tour taking them on a journey to see all the newly-completed murals – culminating with a stop in the heart of East Side of San Jose for a Day of the Dead celebration called La Ultima Parada at the School of Arts & Culture.

The hard work to weave into this festival, a local vibe of culture, and community partners is just the beginning. A few friends have been called on — MTCA, Sonido Clash, Cukui, and a handful of others to help start this movement forward, ¡sigue!

This is an invocation for our city to walk with Empire Seven Studios and Universal Grammar on this new journey as they unleash to the San Jose community and the rest of the world an experience of San Jose like no other, which allows a chance to get to know its rich cultural history and discover its identity that has always been here.

To all those who join us, welcome to the First Annual POW! WOW! San Jose! To those can’t make it out, join us in 2018. Visit www.powwowsanjose.com.