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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. 

Utility Art Box Program

2019 Utility Art Box Program Flyer

In 2019, the Cultural Commission has relaunched the City of Santa Clara Utility Art Box program with the objective to:

  • Enhance the aesthetic environment of public places within the City through engaging, unique and high-quality public artworks while reducing graffiti.
  • Celebrate and acknowledge community history, identity, cultures and geography.
  • Enhance opportunities for all citizens, neighborhoods and organizations to participate in the planning and creation of artworks.

2019 ProgramTimeline

April 2019: 2019 Utility Art Box Program applications are released

May 13, 2019: Applications and supplemental documents are due to City staff

June 3, 2019: Cultural Commission will review submissions and may make a recommendation to City staff to select three artists for the 2019 Utility Art Box Program.

Program Guidelines & Application

2019 Utility Art Box Program Guidelines & Application (PDF)

Questions? Email CulturalCommission@SantaClaraCA.gov or call 408-615-3192. 

Concerts in the Park (pdf)

A family-friendly dance party featuring Bay Area bands in an outdoors, park environment. All concerts held at Central Park Pavilion (909 Kiely Blvd) unless otherwise noted. This series is sponsored by the Cultural Commission.

Friday, June 14, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. in Live Oak Park - Join Bay Area band, and Santa Clara favorite, The Hitmen to kick off the summer concert series. This concert is held at Live Oak Park (next to the Northside Library). 

Friday, July 12, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. - Sizzle with Orquestra Latin Heat in this Friday night musical experience. Be sure to bring your dancing shoes as the exhilarating rhythms are sure to get you on your feet.

Sunday, July 21, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. - Known for Disney Junior Nursery Rhymes, Genevieve Goings will be leading an energetic performance for the first children's centered Concert in the Park.

Friday, July 26, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. - Take 2 will be bringing the horns and vocals for a dance party with all the contemporary and R&B chart toppers.

Sunday, August 11, 2019 at 2:30 p.m. - For the final Concert in the Park performance, bring your family and friends to dance your heart out with Livewire. Best known for their high-energy covers, Livewire performs all over the Bay Area.

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)

 

Concert in the Park Featuring Orquesta Latin Heat

  • Date: 07/12/2019 6:30 PM - 8:00 PM

This is a free City of Santa Clara event, sponsored by the Cultural Commission. We invite you to bring a lawn chair or picnic blanket to sit on as you enjoy the music. There will be shaved ice and other food available for purchase. 

Orquesta Latin Heat - an exhilarating musical experience - Featuring a swinging horn section, fiery rhythms and authentic Latin percussion and vocals - performing Sizzling Salsa, Merengue, Latin Jazz, Cumbia and more.  Based in San Jose, Latin Heat was formed in 2012 by a group of like-minded Salsa musicians looking to share their love of this music through an authentic, professional and dynamic salsa and Latin orchestra.

The public response has been phenomenal, and Latin Heat has performed at premier venues and Festivals in the greater Bay Area, building its fan base with high quality and energetic performances. This will be Latin Heat's fifth appearance at the summer concert series, and it promises to be another fun time with dancing and great music at this great venue!

 Orquestra Latin Heat

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