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The Cultural Commission acts in an advisory capacity to the City Council in matters pertaining to the enhancement of multi-cultural experiences and beautification of the City through art. The Commission makes recommendations to the City Council on programs/activities to encourage educational, cultural, sports, technical and governmental exchanges to help acquaint citizens of Santa Clara with cultural diversity here and abroad.

The Commission also recommends potential City-funding and support for community cultural groups, organizes some City cultural events, and makes recommendations to the City Council on the purchase and placement of public art. It also makes recommendations on the City’s international exchanges, working closely with the Santa Clara Sister Cities Association and other supportive groups.

It organizes cultural events and activities, such as the annual Summer Concerts in the Park series, the biennial Indoor Sculpture Exhibition, the Franklin Square Street Dance, and the Friday Night Live performances. It also develops international people-to-people contacts designed to enhance cultural exchanges, communication and understanding with special emphasis on encouraging and coordinating activities with Santa Clara's three sister cities: Coimbra, Portugal, Izumo, Japan and Limerick, Ireland.

The Cultural Commission consists of Commissioners that are volunteers and are appointed by the City Council. To be eligible, you must be a registered voter and resident of Santa Clara, and may not hold any paid office in, or be employed by, the City of Santa Clara. For details call the City Clerk's office at (408) 615-2220. The Cultural Commission may also be contacted by email at

Please view the Utilities Box Project Overview to be showcased at City Hall.


Friday Night Live 

All community members are invited to the Friday Night Live series. Friday Night Live celebrate cultural diversity though a series of entertaining performances. See below for dates/time/locations. All Friday Night Live performances are free and open to the public.

 Friday Night Live 2018

Cultural Arts Grant Application

The Santa Clara Cultural Commission has released their 2019-2020 Cultural Arts Funding Application. The purpose of the Cultural Commission funding is to advance the arts in the City of Santa Clara. Please click on the below application for more information regarding application requirements, eligible organizations and programs, and evaluation criteria. 

The application must be fully completed and submitted (8 copies) to the Santa Clara Senior Center, attn. Cultural Commission, 1303 Fremont Street, Santa Clara 95050 by 5:00 pm on Friday, December 14, 2018. Applicants are invited to present at the Cultural Commission meeting at 7:00 pm on Monday, January 7, 2019 at the Santa Clara Senior Center. If you have any questions, please email


Cultural Commission Grant Application


Cultural Commission Monthly Meetings 

  • Meets: Generally meets on the 1st Monday of each month at 7:00 pm
  • Place: Senior Center- Room 205,1303 Fremont Street
  • City Staff Liaison: Maureen Grzan-Pieracci, Recreation Supervisor – (408) 615-3192


Commission Members

Loretta Beavers Loretta Beavers

Term Expires: June 30, 2019
(Second Term)


Louis Samara 2017 1 Louis Samara

Term Expires: June 30, 2022
(First Term)

Harbir K. Bhatia Harbir K. Bhatia

Term Expires: June 30, 2020
(First Term)


Niha Mathur 2018Niha Mahur

Term Expires: June 30, 2021
(First Term)



Debi von HueneDebra von Huene

Term Expires: June 30, 2019
(Partial Term)


Jonathan Marinaro 2018Jonathan Marinaro

Term Expires: June 30, 2021

(Partial Term)



Candida - CCCandida Diaz

Term Expires: June 30, 2020
(Partial Term)


Free Friday Night Live Performance Featuring Charged Particles

Celebrating their 26th anniversary, Charged Particles is hot on the jazz scene in the Bay Area, across the country, and internationally. Featuring the Bay Area's favorite Afro-Latin jazz keyboardist, Murray Low, along with the inventive and sophisticated acoustic and electric bassist, Aaron German, and fiery drummer Jon Krosnick (who has performed with Chick Corea), the band plays funky Latin jazz and more, brimming with remarkable virtuosity, powerful grooves, engaging arrangements with twists and turns, tightly synched ensemble playing, and a wide range of emotions. During the last year, the band has performed all over California, as well as in New York City, Washington, DC, Boston, Minneapolis, Phoenix, Cleveland, and Tarrytown, and the band’s international touring includes Sweden, Indonesia, Canada, and the UK. Of the band, reviewers have said: “Something special” (Downbeat Magazine), “An electrifying, push-the-limits performance style… A tight and enormously talented trio.” (Jazz Times Magazine), “Charged Particles is definitely dazzling.” (Jazz and Blues Report), “Fresh, energized contemporary jazz that showcases the trio’s individual technical mastery as well as a cooperative, refined approach to the art form.” (Jazz News Magazine), and “Tight interplay was the watchword as the threesome took difficult fusion themes and applied its own twists with spark and personal flair.” (Los Angeles Times). The band's CDs have received critical acclaim in many publications and have been aired on more than 200 radio stations world-wide. Their second CD, Sparks, was named one of the eight must-hear jazz releases of the year by The Other Paper, and the opening track from Sparks was included on the Jazziz on Disc sampler CD mailed to 85,000 subscribers of Jazziz Magazine.

Charged Particles

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