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One part passion and two parts innovation, the San Jose arts scene is a growing nexus of vibrant organizations, rich cultural heritage and the world's premier tech industry.  The first civilian town to be etablished in the Spanish colony of Nueva California, San Jose sits at the edge between arts and technology, innovation and heritage - an energetic mix of new and old.  Join us this October and discover San Jose!

SoFA Arts District

The South First Area Arts District (known as SoFA) is the central hub for San Jose's rapidly expanding arts community. The district has gained national attention through collaborative projects like the ZERO1 Biennial- a three month festival presenting work at the forefront of media art and ArtPlace funded Gore Park, an open-air arts lab and central square.

The district is creating a space for new modes of connecting with the arts. At  MACLA/Movimiento De Arte y Cultura Latino Americana art is used as a tool for community transformation, with hundreds of public programs each year grounded in the Chicano experience.  Vibrant museums like  San Jose Museum of Quilts and Textiles, the San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art and San Jose Museum of Art connect the public with world-class collections every day and ZERO1's art and technology think tank enables artists to apply the principles of artistic creativity to real world innovation challenges.

Experience SoFA first hand, the 2013 sessions takes place throughout the district.

Innovators/ghost hunters/muralists!

San Jose is home to an illustrious group of artists and innovators including DJ Shadow, a celebrated instrumental hip-hop DJ; Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple Computer Obie Award winning actress + director, Diane Rodriguez; Nick Groff, ghost hunter; Bill Owens, photojournalist best know for his Suburbia series.

And much, much more...

San Jose's Japantown is one one of only three Japantowns remaining in the US. Dedicated community institutions have helped to keep the neighborhood robust and active, like San Jose Taiko which is establishing the first US-based conservatory of the Japanese drumming art Taiko. Experience Japantown + learn Taiko drumming as part of 2013 tours!

San Jose is known for its public art - murals, light installations and colorful sculptures punctuate the street scape. Whether you are sticking to downtown San Jose or visiting surrounding neighborhoods, take a moment to see how local artists are transforming public space in San Jose.  Tour art throughout the downtown area with the Public Art Map.

 Photo credit - Sarah Santos, San Jose photographer.