Big Ideas, Deep Dives

SVMindshare is a new kind of roundtable that enlightens, inspires, and encourages. One that offers outside expertise, and practical tools and strategies for the issues most relevant to your work. Leaders in the arts need dedicated time to reflect and recharge with their peers in the field. SVMindshare meets regularly in small group discussion sessions to dive deep into the most pressing questions facing the cultural sector today. Over the course of the series, arts leaders develop invaluable new networks, better understanding of challenges across artistic disciplines, and increased confidence in their own leadership capacity.

What We Do

We facilitate a series of roundtable conversations devoted to high-level topics affecting cultural leaders' work, calling, and industry including strategic planning, success metrics, work and life balance, best practices, and arts advocacy.

Who We Serve
  • Management-level nonprofit arts leaders (staff or board) seeking to strengthen their peer network and to play a role in the greater Santa Clara County arts community
  • Collaborative thinkers committed to a culture of learning and sharing
  • Preference given to representatives of current or recent SVCREATES grantee organizations
Why It’s Important

As established creative sector leaders retire and the arts nonprofit model is challenged by the forces of digital culture, demographic shifts, and the changing nature of “creative consumption,” it is vital to leverage local talent, prepare the sector for the next generation of audiences, navigate new economic realities, and bridge the past with the future. The critical role the arts play in our local communities has never been more evident, and an activated network of leaders with a common language will provide voice and visibility to the sector.

What’s Been Done
  • Completed four year-long series of SVMindshare
  • Served over 50 local arts leaders from a diverse range of backgrounds and artistic disciplines throughout Santa Clara County
  • Enabled the formation of deep relationships, collaborative programming, advocacy, and peer support during challenging times and triumphs
SVMindshare Alums (2017-2021)
Andrew Lowd Elizabeth Santana Matt Casey
Angela Shillace Gordon Lee Mattie Scariot
Ann Watts Heidi Lubin Max Koknar
Barbara Galiotto James Williams Moses Taylor
Bobby Chastain Joshua Lanam Nadine Frush
Bree von Faith Karen Rapp Nancy Bavor
Charles Frost Kim Mesa Priya Das
Cheryl Scales Lauren Baines Robert Pesich
Chloe Crotzer Lee Ann Payne Sally Logothetti
Christine Mendoza Leigh Henderson Shoko Michael
Dalia Rawson Lihong Zhang Tamara Liu
David Brown Louis Stone-Collonge Tony Ferrigno
Dawn Murakami Lucy Larson Vinita Sud Belani
Doug Brook Mary Beth Anderson  
What’s Next

"Highly relevant, both personally
and professionally."


"I got just what I hoped for
ideas on how to do my job better
and excellent professional
connections."


"The fact that this program is
tailored to arts executives
separates it from other
leadership programs."


"Alyssa Byrkit (program facilitator)
is a gift: thoughtful, responsive,
compassionate, touching us
spiritually as well as intellectually.
Leaving each meeting feeling
inspired to keep going, and
sometimes with a new thing to try,
has been most helpful."


"The most powerful tool SVCREATES can provide is the supportive network you have built for all local nonprofit arts organizations. You keep us regularly connected, allowing us time and space to listen and learn from our colleagues. Maintaining this unwavering and supportive network is invaluable."