X Factor Grants support entrepreneurial and innovative ideas to advance the arts and creativity in Santa Clara County. Through training and coaching, SVCREATES spurs organizations and artists to develop and test new programs and messages that resonate with potential donors and audiences and amplify mission.

Learn more about past grantees and their award winning projects!

Ray Furuta & Chamber Music Silicon Valley (CMSV)

  • Chamber Music Silicon Valley is revamping the average classical music concert by creating ultimate experiences like no other! Without impacting the quality and integrity of the art, CMSV turns up the volume on classical music by placing an equitable focus on creative social and visual components. To amplify these experiences, CMSV presents all of its shows with happy hours, a full bar, and a hip, nightclub environment. It will be the real classical revolution!

Teatro Visión

  • Teatro Visión has just completed a series of interviews with seniors and elders in our community. Local playwright, Cristal Gonzalez is currently writing a series of one-minute plays based on those interviews. Teatro Visión proposes to build upon this project by engaging Cristal to further develop these stories into a short performance piece, likely a staged reading/workshop performance. This project builds on Teatro Visión’s current focus on experimenting with innovative ways to involve the community in the creative process.

San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA)

  • The ICA presents Art Hangs, four pop-up art experiences in bars and cafes in the SoFA district, including a hands-on workshop, a participatory exhibition, an art-comedy show, and a family art day. They will take art beyond the white walls and bring it to you and your friends at your favorite local hangouts. Art Hangs will add to the vibrancy of the SoFA district and connect the ICA to a broader audience by making art fun.

POW! WOW! San Jose

  • Internationally acclaimed but locally produced, POW! WOW! San Jose (PWSJ) returns for the annual week-long mural art, music, and culture festival showcasing local and international artistry in five different San Jose neighborhoods. Producing 20 murals in year one (2017), the essence of PWSJ brings free art to a public forum, creating galleries on the streets for all to see and for later generations to enjoy.

City Lights Theatre Company

  • Will cast both deaf and hearing actors in a play not traditionally seen with deaf actors, creating a production combining American Sign Language and spoken English to build bridges between deaf and hearing artists and audiences.

SJ Museum of Quilts & Textiles

  • Will pilot a new strategy for programming that acknowledges the role of museums as slow change advocates with unique open houses titled: “Guns: Loaded Conversations,” a fiber art exhibition that looks at the Second Amendment and gun use worldwide from a variety of perspectives and “Bang! Bang!: Discussing America’s Second Amendment Panel.”

Works/San Jose

  • Will run a two-part youth design exhibition series to pair animators with industry leaders from Pixar, LucasFilm, EA, and others. As well as connecting activists with graphic designers around projects in diversity and community.

Peninsula Women’s Chorus

  • Will commission and premier a choral piece that champions transgender rights leader Miss Major Griffin-Gracy, as part of “Trailblazers,” a multi-year project focusing on pioneering American women (also including Harriet Tubman and Alice Paul.)