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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 CulturalCommission@santaclaraca.gov. 

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 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

Vice-Chair
Term Expires: June 30, 2022
(First Term)


Harbir K. Bhatia Harbir K. Bhatia

Term Expires: June 30, 2020
(First Term)

 


Niha Mathur 2018Niha Mathur

Term Expires: June 30, 2021
(First Term)

 

 


Debi von HueneDebra von Huene

Chair
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)

 

Friday Night Live featuring Tabia

Free Multicultural Family Event

  • Date: 02/15/2019 7:30 PM - 9:00 PM
Santa Clara Cultural Commission is excited to invite you to the 2018-2019 free Friday Night Live series. Friday Night Live mixes entertainment with cultural education for a fun family event. Please join us for the special live performance by Tabia:

Friday, February 15, 2019
Central Park Library, 2635 Homestead Rd. Santa Clara 95051
Performance: Tabia (African-American Performance Ensemble) 
http://sjmag.org/tabia

For more information, call the Cultural Commission staff liaison at (408) 615-3192. The Commission looks forward to seeing you and your friends and families at the shows.
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