San Jose and Silicon Valley

The Knight Arts program is now seeking grant opportunities in San Jose and Silicon Valley that can create transformational and sustainable change through artistic excellence and collective cultural experiences. If you’re interested in learning more about working with Knight in the arts, please contact Special Assistant to the VP/Community and National Initiatives George Abbott.

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On Sept 19, 2011 Ballet San Jose surprised attendees at the National Conference on Foundations with a spontaneous ballet performance set to Gershwin. Why Does Knight Foundation Fund Random Acts of Culture™? Knight Foundation, like its founders Jack and Jim Knight, focuses on promoting informed and engaged communities. To that end, we strongly believe in […]

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In May 2011, Ballet San Jose surprised travelers at San Jose International Airport with performances. Enjoy the video above. Why Does Knight Foundation Fund Random Acts of Culture™? Knight Foundation, like its founders Jack and Jim Knight, focuses on promoting informed and engaged communities. To that end, we strongly believe in the potential of the […]

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By Evy Schiffman, Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) As the children watch the painter creating the mural at their school, they are eager to provide helpful suggestions and critical commentary. “I don’t think that the apple should be green,” says one boy. “The green will blend in too much. You need a color […]

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By Joel Slayton, ZERO 1 October 27 marked the kick-off of the ZERO1 Garage, where principles of artistic creativity will be applied to real world innovation challenges. The buzz among the 40 participants – who included art world professionals, business leaders, tech entrepreneurs, and policy makers – was at high pitch. Seated at four round tables, […]

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By Evy Schiffman, Marketing & Communications Director Community School of Music and Arts It’s almost show time and backstage at Shoreline Amphitheatre in Mountain View, CA, the young stars are excited, giggly and nervous as they look out at an audience of a couple of thousand people. When one girl sees her parents close to […]

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By Margot Helm, Opera San José  Opera San José, a Knight Arts grantee, proudly opened its 28th Season on September 10th, with the company premiere of Mozart’s Idomeneo. Made possible by the generous support of David W. Packard and the Packard Humanities Institute, this epic production has been met with critical acclaim and garnered high praise from […]

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By Evy Schiffman, Community School of Music and Arts It’s Saturday afternoon, and the ceramics instructor at the Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) is prepping students for their first experience with throwing clay on the wheel. One of the teen students, Jordan, is particularly excited to explore this new artistic outlet after his […]

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By Evy Schiffman, Community School of Music and Arts When 7-year old Ethel arrives at the Community School of Music and Arts (CSMA) for her weekly piano lesson, she can’t wait to start playing. She’s been practicing pieces by Bach, Beethoven, Chopin and Tchaikovsky and is eager to put her fingers on the keys. And […]

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By Karen Park, Arts Program Manager, Office of Cultural Affairs, City of San Jose The Public Art Network (PAN), the largest advocacy organization for public art in the U.S, presented the City of San Jose Public Art Program with the first-ever Public Art Program of the Year award at its annual conference on June 16 in San […]

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