Local Arts Organizations

Exhibition District
We are a collaborative of artists and creatives who pay working artists professional wages for professional work that beautifies San Jose for residents, businesses and visitors. Our work aims to strengthen the local economy by keeping professional artists engaged, employed, and active. Our goal is to make our city the cultural destination of Silicon Valley.

genARTS Silicon Valley
genARTS Silicon Valley was founded in 2007 to encourage leadership from young arts and culture professionals in Silicon Valley. Emerging arts & culture leaders are artists, administrators, and advocates currently in leadership roles or with self-identified potential as future leaders in the industry

Heart of Chaos
Heart of Chaos (HOC) was created in 2003 with the financial & inspirational support of Catalyst for Youth, a 501 (c) 3 California corporation. The core idea was to provide a venue for emerging and under-recognized artists, writers, poets, musicians, performance artists and photographers to showcase and market their work. Mentoring through communication with established artists enriches both parties and fosters new ideas and inspiration.

Local Color
Local Color is a project that aims to reactivate out-of-use or inactive buildings and transform these spaces into:
– Creative workshops for the Community
– Shared Studio Space for Independent Artists
– Pop-up bazaars for Local Makers

MALI is a leadership development program for people of color deeply engaged in the Silicon Valley’s arts, culture, and entertainment sectors. MALI seeks to eliminate traditional barriers to access including race, language, artistic marginalization, and income. Often, these barriers prevent multicultural artists from fully realizing their potential. MALI provides arts leaders with the administrative training necessary to survive and thrive in the local arts and culture ecosystem.

Phantom Galleries
Since 2002 Phantom Galleries has created exhibition opportunities for artists by utilizing vacant storefronts, independent businesses and special events. Together we make our daily environment more interesting and creative while showcasing the local talent that thrives here in San Jose.

San Jose Creatives
San Jose Creatives is a blog that interviews the extremely talented creative community of San Jose. We feature artists, designers, musicians, makers, art supporters, anyone who lives a creative life. We ask everyone the same 13 questions to gain insight into and find out what makes these individuals unique.

Silicon Valley Open Studios
Silicon Valley Open Studios is an event that encourages a close personal relationship between artists and art enthusiasts. Our mission is to educate artists about the business of art, help promote their art business, provide guidance for emerging artists, and to create an easy, educational, and enjoyable art-buying experience for the art enthusiast.

SJ Made
San Jose Made (SJMADE) is a platform for creative entrepreneurship. Our projects, centered in San Jose, CA, create and support pop-up concepts, operator-owned business, and local goods.

South Bay Area Women’s Caucus for Art (SBAWCA)
South Bay Area Women’s Caucus for Art organization is to achieve equity for women in the visual arts by providing exhibition opportunities, and education of our members and the community at large. Membership is open to both women and men. The South Bay region consists of artists, teachers of art and art history, and art critics.

SV Creates
Igniting investment and engagement in arts and creativity in Silicon Valley. Our resources are focused on participatory arts, cultural heritage, children’s creativity, placemaking, and innovative ideas, partnerships and art forms.

ZERO1 is a Silicon Valley arts organization. We connect creative explorers in art, science, and technology to provoke new ideas that shape a more resilient future.