Who We Are

We are a network of leaders who care about the resilience of our arts ecosystem and its impact to our community. We are conveners, promoters, incubators, and funders of the arts. Our mission is to elevate Silicon Valley’s creative culture.

What We Do

We build the cultural sector’s capacity, raise the voice and visibility of our creative culture, and increase access to arts for high-need communities.


We build the cultural sector’s capacity by:


We raise the voice and visibility of the creative sector by:


We increase access to arts and creativity by:

Why It Is Important

We believe that arts and creativity connect us to our heritage, to humanity, and to each other, fuel innovation and 21st century skills, help shape our identity, deepen attachment to place, foster cross-cultural understanding and appreciation, and bring beauty, joy, and learning to our lives.

Our History

Arts Council Silicon Valley and 1stACT Silicon Valley merged in 2013 to create the regional nonprofit SVCREATES. SVCREATES builds on Arts Council’s 30-year history of support to the arts community through regional grantmaking, professional development and the Artist Laureate program, and on 1stACT Silicon Valley’s dynamic role in incubating innovative programs and initiatives like SPUR San Jose, School of Arts and Culture at MHP, MALI (Multicultural Arts Leadership Institute), and The Studio.