The Donor Circle for the Arts

The Donor Circle for the Arts is proud to have provided more than $330,000 in support to emerging arts organizations in our region over the past five years. Our grantees include dynamic programs that develop and inspire the artistic expressions of young people in the vocal arts, visual arts, music, dance and literary arts. We invite you to congratulate and celebrate these emerging and talented youth voices.

Starting in May 2013, the Donor Circle for the Arts is awarding grants up to $10,000 to Bay Area-based arts groups with budgets under $2 million in six different categories. The grant application process is by invitation only. A specific category will be considered every other month.

Our Donor Circle for the Arts Fund is a unique collaboration among donors, emerging artists and arts groups in San Mateo and Santa Clara counties. Its mission is simple: to support emerging artists and to expand arts opportunities for the diverse cultural communities of our region.

Created in 2008, the Donor Circle for the Arts is open to all donors at the community foundation. With seed funding from the James Irvine Foundation  and support from community foundation staff, this dedicated and creative group of donors (many of whom are artists themselves) have come together to respond to the needs of emerging arts groups in our community. In its first four years the Donor Circle for the Arts Fund has provided grants totaling more than $315,000 to 50 organizations representing dance, music, media arts, performing arts and visual arts.  The Donor Circle invites you to participate -- to make the circle grow larger -- by adding to this pool of community dollars, or even better, by joining the Circle. 

Thanks to generous challenge grants of $50,000, donors who made new contributions to the fund had their contributions matched dollar for dollar up to a total of $50,000.  Donors who contribute $2,500 or more are members of the circle.  With your help we can enlarge the circle of support for the diverse and talented arts groups that contribute to the extraordinary vitality of our region.

Membership in the Donor Circle for the Arts offers opportunities to:

  • Increase the impact of your giving by pooling resources and ideas with other donors
  • View performances and exhibits by some of the vibrant up-and-coming artistic voices of our region
  • Celebrate your passion for the arts and meet others who share this commitment
  • Help select recipients for future grants.

For an inspiring hands-on giving experience and to meet others with similar interests in the arts, please join us at upcoming gatherings.  To find out more about the circle’s activities or to contribute to the Donor Circle for the Arts Fund today, please contact Jennifer Kane, senior donor engagement officer, at 650.450.5501 or donorcircleforthearts@siliconvalleycf.org.

 

Donor Circle for the Arts Grantees - 2013-2014

Organization Area Purpose Amount
California Coast Music Camp Bay Area-wide For partial scholarships for new female campers from diverse communities  $1,500
Music for Minors San Mateo and Santa Clara County Seed funding for the dynamic music curriculum $2,500
San Francisco World Music Festival Bay Area-wide Support for Bay Area schools in the worldwide classrooms program       $3,000
San Jose Jazz Santa Clara County Support for Progressions, to help students become involved with music instead of gangs $8,000
Hillbarn Theater San Mateo County General support $2,500
Cutting Ball Theater San Francisco County General support $2,500
Exit Theater San Francisco County General support $3,000
Crowded Fire Theatre San Francisco County General support $3,500
African American Shakespeare Company San Francisco County General support $3,500
Alum Rock Educational Foundation Santa Clara County 2014 Arts and Design Thinking Summer Camp $3,000
Ear Candy Charity San Mateo County Provides musical instruments to students in Ravenswood School District in collaboration with Music in the Schools Foundation and Mural Music and Arts Project. $2,000
Mural Music & Arts Project San Mateo County For the Core Program to provide MMAP’s core youth with services that promote personal, academic and professional growth. $6,000
Music in the Schools Foundation San Mateo County To expand instrumental music programs for middle schools in Ravenswood School District $4,000

 

Donor Circle for the Arts Grantees - 2011-2012

Organization Area Purpose Amount
Art Angels For Kids, Inc. Santa Clara County Terrell Elementary School Master Artist Program $5,000
Art for Well Beings San Mateo County A Place That I Love $5,000
Art in Action San Mateo County Art in Action at the Mid-Peninsula Boys & Girls Clubs $5,000
Art of Yoga Project San Mateo County Repurpose and Renew Tapestry Project $5,000
Cambodian Cultural Dance Troupe Santa Clara County Summer Year of the Dragon $5,000
City Lights Theater Company Santa Clara County Youth Summer Conservatory 2011 $5,000
Foothill College Theatre Arts Department San Mateo & Santa Clara Counties 2012-13 Theatre Arts Department Season $5,000
Live in Peace Inc. San Mateo County H2O (East Palo Alto's "Hip Hip Orchestra") $5,000
Los Altos Art Docents Santa Clara County The Gift of Art: Art Docent Mural Project $1,000
MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana de San Jose, Inc. Santa Clara County Peapod Adobe Youth Voices Academy at MACLA $5,000
Mural Music & Arts Project San Mateo County History through Hip-Hop $5,000
Music for Minors San Mateo County IQ in the Schools $5,000
Music in the Schools Foundation San Mateo County After-school choral and orchestra programs $5,000
Okada Design Santa Clara County Wrap it Up! Reflections on a Fence Wrap Community Mural $5,000
San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art Santa Clara County Chico & Chang $5,000
San Jose Multicultural Artists Guild/Tabia African-American Theatre Ensemble Santa Clara County Youth Storytelling Festival - "The Talking Stick" $5,000
Sanchez Art Center San Mateo County Sanchez Goes to School $5,000
Vivace Youth Chorus of San Jose Santa Clara County Rhymes, Stories and Songs $5,000
The Beat Within Santa Clara County The Beat Within Magazine $5,000

 

Donor Circle for the Arts Grantees - 2010-2011

Organization Area Purpose Amount
Art Angels For Kids, Inc. Santa Clara County Terrell Elementary School Master Artist Program $5,000
Art in Action San Mateo County Art Around the World at the Mid-Peninsula Boys & Girls Clubs $5,000
Cambodian Cultural Dance Troupe Santa Clara County Cambodian Cultural Dance Troupe: The Monkey and the Mermaid $5,000
City Lights Theater Company Santa Clara County Youth Summer Conservatory 2011 $5,000
Dragon Productions Theatre Company San Mateo County & Santa Clara Counties Dragon's 2011 Season $5,000
Euphrat Museum of Art Santa Clara County Community Arts Mentorship Initiative II $5,000
Live in Peace (currently For Youth By Youth) San Mateo County H2O (East Palo Alto's "Hip Hip Orchestra") $5,000
Los Lupeños de San José Santa Clara County De Rojo La Noche $5,000
MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana de San Jose, Inc. Santa Clara County MACLA Teen Slam Poetry Project $5,000
Mural Music & Arts Project San Mateo County History through Hip-Hop $5,000
Music in the Schools Foundation San Mateo County Youth performance program $5,000
Nova Vista Symphony Santa Clara County Instrument Petting Zoo: Introducing Children to the Instruments of the Orchestra $3,400
Okada Design Santa Clara County We Are Here: Community Banners $5,000
Oriki Theater San Mateo County & Santa Clara Counties The Drum is our Voice! $5,000
San Jose Multicultural Artists Guild/Tabia African-American Theatre Ensemble Santa Clara County Through the Eyes of Mary MeCleod Bethune Project $5,000
sjDANCEco Santa Clara County sjDANCEco's Fall Concert 2011 featuring José Limón's masterpiece "Missa Brevis" $5,000
Symphony Silicon Valley Chorale San Mateo County & Santa Clara County Romantically Russian! - Premiere of Ippolitov-Ivanov's "All-Night Vigil" (1905) $5,000
The Tabard Theatre Company Santa Clara County Conservatory at Tabard: Summer 2011 Kids Workshops $5,000
Zohar Dance Company San Mateo County & Santa Clara County Juvie Jazz - Dance in Prison $5,000

 

Donor Circle for the Arts Grantees - 2009

Organization Area Purpose Amount
Afsaneh Art and Culture Society Santa Clara County To produce the Festival of the Silk Road -- performances of dance, music and poetry of the Silk Road cultures $2,500
Art Angels for Kids Santa Clara County To purchase art supplies for the Sketch Book Club and Master Artist Program at SJUSD's Terrell Elementary School $5,000
Bayshore School District San Mateo County To support the music education program for K-6th graders in Daly City provided by teaching artists of the Community School of Music and Arts. $5,000
Bus Barn Stage Company Santa Clara County To support FIRST STAGES, a mentoring program to provide opportunities for young artists ages 16-22 to create and manage their own artistic program with mentorship from an adult/artistic director $2,500
Delta Sigma Theta, Inc. San Mateo County To support a heritage quilt project, "From Slavery to the White House," to be created by young girls with 10-12 supporting lessons about African American culture and the art of quilting $2,350
Dragon Productions San Mateo County & Santa Clara County To provide general operating revenue to keep shows affordable for all audiences $5,000
Euphrat Museum of Art Santa Clara County To support the Community Arts Mentorship Initiative at De Anza College that identifies local at-risk teen artists and provides them with mentors who are accomplished community-based artists/teachers $5,000
MACLA Santa Clara County To support the South Bay Teen Poetry Slam League $5,000
Mural Music & Art Project San Mateo County To support History Through Hip Hop, which brings emerging & teaching artists to multi-ethnic local teens who will perform modern dance, indigenous/Native dance, South Indian dance, and spoken word poetry $5,000
Opera Cultura Vocal Program Santa Clara County To provide an artist in residency vocal program at San Jose High School and to give students the opportunity to work with a Mexican- American opera and musical theater composer $4,300
Peninsula Symphony San Mateo County & Santa Clara County To support the new educational outreach program "Beethoven Beckons," an educational interactive program with presentations, recordings, visuals, and educational materials. $5,000
Performing Arts Workshop San Mateo County To support the Artists-in-Schools program -- three 25-week residencies in dance and creative movement for 120 students in Garden Village Elementary School in Colma. $5,000
San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles Santa Clara County To support Quilts as Women's Shelter, a ten-week quiltmaking workshop for up to 40 women and girls who have been victims of domestic violence $5,000
Teatro Visión Santa Clara County To support the development & production of a bilingual play based on the life of writer, activist, and muralist José Antonio Burciaga. $5,000
The Beat Within Santa Clara County To support the creation and exhibition of writings and artwork by incarcerated youth entitled "Young Voices in the Justice System" to be on display at the Santa Clara Juvenile Delinquency Courthouse beginning January 2010. $5,000
Zohar Dance Company San Mateo County and Santa Clara County To support outreach dance classes to children with special needs $5,000

 

Donor Circle for the Arts Grantees - 2008

Organization Area Purpose Amount
African American Drama Company of California Santa Clara County To support the African American Holiday Season Series, including Black History Month productions of: Can I SING for You Brother? and Can I Speak for you Brother? in Santa Clara County. $5,000
Art in Action San Mateo County To support Around the World with Art program at El Granada Elementary School in the Cabrillo Unified School District on the Coastside $5,000
Center for Literary Arts (CLA) at San Jose State University Santa Clara County To support the play - East Side Voices: Lives in East San Jose $2,500
CineFemme: Alka Raghuram San Mateo County To support the Kaala Paani / Black Waters video under the fiscal sponsorship of Cinefemme $2,500
Dance 4 Health Santa Clara County To support scholarships for 20 children from the East Valley YMCA's after school program to participate in Dance 4 Health. $2,500
Kaisahan of San Jose Dance Company Santa Clara County To support the Kulturang Pinoy (Filipino Culture) dance classes for 10 months & a public recital at the Joyce Ellington Library in San Jose, where most of the youth dancers are non-Filipino (Latino, African American, Chinese). $2,500
Margaret Wingrove Dance Company of San Jose Santa Clara County To support "The Distant Land of My Father", performances at Children's Discovery Museum, high schools , colleges and senior centers in Santa Clara County $2,500
Mural, Music & Arts Project San Mateo County & Santa Clara County To support the MASQUERADE THEATRE: The Prophecy of 2012 performed by the Band Who Lived Underground (BWLU) in East Palo Alto and Stanford Univ. & To support "History through Hip Hop" Annual Movement Benefit Concert in East Palo Alto and Stanford Univ. $10,000
North American Guqin Association Santa Clara County To support the NAGA 2009 Chinese New Year Celebration performance at the Milpitas Community Center. $2,500
San Jose Downtown Foundation Santa Clara County To support the Downtown Doors art competition and exhibit in San Jose. $2,500
San Jose Jazz Society San Mateo County & Santa Clara County To support the Youth Latin Ensemble, a diverse group of high school student/musicians participating in advanced Latin Jazz training at West Valley College $2,500
San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles San Mateo County & Santa Clara County To support the Changing Landscapes: Contemporary Chinese Fiber Art Exhibit of 48 artists representing various teaching institutions in China $2,500
San Jose Taiko Group San Mateo County & Santa Clara County To support the development of new original music works and a concert at Campbell Theatre in San Jose. $2,500
San Khau Viet Cali San Mateo County & Santa Clara County To support a bilingual, full-length play "Dream and Life," a community-based theater pay that is based on real controversial stories of immigrant Vietnamese families in Silicon Valley. $2,500
South Bay Guitar Society of San Jose, Inc Santa Clara County To support the commission and performance of a new guitar piece "Inner Journey," based on the classic Chinese tale "Dream of The Red Chamber". Performances in Eastside Union High School District and Franklin McKinley Elementary School Districts in San Jose. $2,500
Tapestry Arts San Jose Santa Clara County To support Tapestry's school-based arts education program at Muriel Wright Locked Facility and Anderson Elementary Schools in San Jose $5,000