Donor Circle for the Arts

Sparking Creativity in our Community

The Donor Circle for the Arts is proud to have granted more than $558,800 to emerging arts organizations in our region since its inception in 2008. Its mission is simple: to support emerging artists working with underserved populations, and to expand arts opportunities for the diverse cultural communities of our region.

With support from community foundation staff, the Donor Circle for the Arts awards grants to Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties-based arts organizations with budgets under $1 million in six different categories – theatre, music, dance, visual arts, media, and literary arts. All, or a portion of, the organization’s mission must be to serve an underserved population. Arts organizations must apply in order to be considered.

The Donor Circle for the Arts is open to all donors at the community foundation. The Donor Circle invites you to participate by adding to this pool of community dollars, or even better, by joining the Circle. 

Membership in the Donor Circle for the Arts offers:

To find out more about the Circle’s activities or to contribute to the Donor Circle for the Arts Fund today, please contact Tobi Becerra, philanthropy advisor at 650.450.5496 or donorcircleforthearts@siliconvalleycf.org.

Donor Circle for the Arts Grantees - 2016

OrganizationPurposeAmount
Art of YogaDesignated to Wise Inside Women’s Art Series$10,000
Family Album Project $4,000 designated to cases of extreme hardship and couldn’t otherwise afford the services, and $1,000 to professional development.$5,000
Institute of Contemporary ArtDesignated to NextNewPaper$7,500
Kids and ArtDesignated to general support$2,500
MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino AmericanaDesignated to general support$2,000*
Sanchez Art CenterDesignated to Sanchez Goes to School program$10,000
San Jose Downtown FoundationDesignated to Downtown Doors$5,000*
Silicon Valley De-BugDesignated to general support$2,000*
* Indicates sponsorship match through Silicon Valley Gives

Donor Circle for the Arts Grantees - 2015

OrganizationPurposeAmount
Akoma ArtsDesignated to general support$8,000
Dragon Productions Theatre CompanyDesignated to the 2nd Stages program and accompanying “How To Produce” workshops$10,000
Calpulli TonalehquehDesignated to general support$8,000
Cashion Cultural LegacyDesignated for financial aid for dance programs$10,000
College of Adaptive ArtsDesignated to support music programs$17,000
Indian Classical Music and Arts FoundationDesignated to support shows for Seniors$1,000
Parangal Dance CompanyDesignated to general support$2,000
Pear TheatreSupport of the education program partnership with Eastside College Preparatory School - The Mountaintop Program$3,000
San Jose Stage CompanyDesignated to support of community partnerships$7,000
Silicon Valley Gay Men’s ChorusDesignated to general support$4,000
Spindrift  School of Performing ArtsDesignated to support dance programs offered in Title 1 schools$10,000
Tabard Theatre CompanyDesignated to support their education program partnership with The Boys and Girls Club of Silicon Valley$10,000

Donor Circle for the Arts Grantees - 2014

OrganizationPurposeAmount
3rd i FilmsGeneral Support$1,400
California Coast Music CampFor partial scholarships for new female campers from diverse communities$1,500
CinefemmeGeneral Support$2,500
Concentric MediaGeneral Support$2,000
Mural Music & Arts ProjectHistory Through Hip Hop project$1,800
Music for MinorsSeed funding for the dynamic music curriculum$2,500
San Francisco World Music FestivalSupport for Bay Area schools in the worldwide classrooms program$3,000
San Jose JazzSupport for Progressions, to help students become involved with music instead of gangs$8,000
Silicon Valley De-BugGeneral Support$4,500
Z Space Youth ArtsYouth Arts project$2,800

 

Donor Circle for the Arts Grantees - 2013-2014

OrganizationAreaPurposeAmount
California Coast Music CampBay Area-wideFor partial scholarships for new female campers from diverse communities $1,500
Music for MinorsSan Mateo and Santa Clara CountySeed funding for the dynamic music curriculum$2,500
San Francisco World Music FestivalBay Area-wideSupport for Bay Area schools in the worldwide classrooms program      $3,000
San Jose JazzSanta Clara CountySupport for Progressions, to help students become involved with music instead of gangs$8,000
Hillbarn TheaterSan Mateo CountyGeneral support$2,500
Cutting Ball TheaterSan Francisco CountyGeneral support$2,500
Exit TheaterSan Francisco CountyGeneral support$3,000
Crowded Fire TheatreSan Francisco CountyGeneral support$3,500
African American Shakespeare CompanySan Francisco CountyGeneral support$3,500
Alum Rock Educational FoundationSanta Clara County2014 Arts and Design Thinking Summer Camp$3,000
Ear Candy CharitySan Mateo CountyProvides 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 ProjectSan Mateo CountyFor the Core Program to provide MMAP’s core youth with services that promote personal, academic and professional growth.$6,000
Music in the Schools FoundationSan Mateo CountyTo expand instrumental music programs for middle schools in Ravenswood School District$4,000

 

Donor Circle for the Arts Grantees - 2011-2012

OrganizationAreaPurposeAmount
Art Angels For Kids, Inc.Santa Clara CountyTerrell Elementary School Master Artist Program$5,000
Art for Well BeingsSan Mateo CountyA Place That I Love$5,000
Art in ActionSan Mateo CountyArt in Action at the Mid-Peninsula Boys & Girls Clubs$5,000
Art of Yoga ProjectSan Mateo CountyRepurpose and Renew Tapestry Project$5,000
Cambodian Cultural Dance TroupeSanta Clara CountySummer Year of the Dragon$5,000
City Lights Theater CompanySanta Clara CountyYouth Summer Conservatory 2011$5,000
Foothill College Theatre Arts DepartmentSan Mateo & Santa Clara Counties2012-13 Theatre Arts Department Season$5,000
Live in Peace Inc.San Mateo CountyH2O (East Palo Alto's "Hip Hip Orchestra")$5,000
Los Altos Art DocentsSanta Clara CountyThe Gift of Art: Art Docent Mural Project$1,000
MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana de San Jose, Inc.Santa Clara CountyPeapod Adobe Youth Voices Academy at MACLA$5,000
Mural Music & Arts ProjectSan Mateo CountyHistory through Hip-Hop$5,000
Music for MinorsSan Mateo CountyIQ in the Schools$5,000
Music in the Schools FoundationSan Mateo CountyAfter-school choral and orchestra programs$5,000
Okada DesignSanta Clara CountyWrap it Up! Reflections on a Fence Wrap Community Mural$5,000
San Jose Institute of Contemporary ArtSanta Clara CountyChico & Chang$5,000
San Jose Multicultural Artists Guild/Tabia African-American Theatre EnsembleSanta Clara CountyYouth Storytelling Festival - "The Talking Stick"$5,000
Sanchez Art CenterSan Mateo CountySanchez Goes to School$5,000
Vivace Youth Chorus of San JoseSanta Clara CountyRhymes, Stories and Songs$5,000
The Beat WithinSanta Clara CountyThe Beat Within Magazine$5,000

 

Donor Circle for the Arts Grantees - 2010-2011

OrganizationAreaPurposeAmount
Art Angels For Kids, Inc.Santa Clara CountyTerrell Elementary School Master Artist Program$5,000
Art in ActionSan Mateo CountyArt Around the World at the Mid-Peninsula Boys & Girls Clubs$5,000
Cambodian Cultural Dance TroupeSanta Clara CountyCambodian Cultural Dance Troupe: The Monkey and the Mermaid$5,000
City Lights Theater CompanySanta Clara CountyYouth Summer Conservatory 2011$5,000
Dragon Productions Theatre CompanySan Mateo County & Santa Clara CountiesDragon's 2011 Season$5,000
Euphrat Museum of ArtSanta Clara CountyCommunity Arts Mentorship Initiative II$5,000
Live in Peace (currently For Youth By Youth)San Mateo CountyH2O (East Palo Alto's "Hip Hip Orchestra")$5,000
Los Lupeños de San JoséSanta Clara CountyDe Rojo La Noche$5,000
MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana de San Jose, Inc.Santa Clara CountyMACLA Teen Slam Poetry Project$5,000
Mural Music & Arts ProjectSan Mateo CountyHistory through Hip-Hop$5,000
Music in the Schools FoundationSan Mateo CountyYouth performance program$5,000
Nova Vista SymphonySanta Clara CountyInstrument Petting Zoo: Introducing Children to the Instruments of the Orchestra$3,400
Okada DesignSanta Clara CountyWe Are Here: Community Banners$5,000
Oriki TheaterSan Mateo County & Santa Clara CountiesThe Drum is our Voice!$5,000
San Jose Multicultural Artists Guild/Tabia African-American Theatre EnsembleSanta Clara CountyThrough the Eyes of Mary MeCleod Bethune Project$5,000
sjDANCEcoSanta Clara CountysjDANCEco's Fall Concert 2011 featuring José Limón's masterpiece "Missa Brevis"$5,000
Symphony Silicon Valley ChoraleSan Mateo County & Santa Clara CountyRomantically Russian! - Premiere of Ippolitov-Ivanov's "All-Night Vigil" (1905)$5,000
The Tabard Theatre CompanySanta Clara CountyConservatory at Tabard: Summer 2011 Kids Workshops$5,000
Zohar Dance CompanySan Mateo County & Santa Clara CountyJuvie Jazz - Dance in Prison$5,000

 

Donor Circle for the Arts Grantees - 2009

OrganizationAreaPurposeAmount
Afsaneh Art and Culture SocietySanta Clara CountyTo produce the Festival of the Silk Road -- performances of dance, music and poetry of the Silk Road cultures$2,500
Art Angels for KidsSanta Clara CountyTo purchase art supplies for the Sketch Book Club and Master Artist Program at SJUSD's Terrell Elementary School$5,000
Bayshore School DistrictSan Mateo CountyTo 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 CompanySanta Clara CountyTo 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 CountyTo 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 ProductionsSan Mateo County & Santa Clara CountyTo provide general operating revenue to keep shows affordable for all audiences$5,000
Euphrat Museum of ArtSanta Clara CountyTo 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
MACLASanta Clara CountyTo support the South Bay Teen Poetry Slam League$5,000
Mural Music & Art ProjectSan Mateo CountyTo 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 ProgramSanta Clara CountyTo 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 SymphonySan Mateo County & Santa Clara CountyTo support the new educational outreach program "Beethoven Beckons," an educational interactive program with presentations, recordings, visuals, and educational materials.$5,000
Performing Arts WorkshopSan Mateo CountyTo 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 & TextilesSanta Clara CountyTo 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 VisiónSanta Clara CountyTo support the development & production of a bilingual play based on the life of writer, activist, and muralist José Antonio Burciaga.$5,000
The Beat WithinSanta Clara CountyTo 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 CompanySan Mateo County and Santa Clara CountyTo support outreach dance classes to children with special needs$5,000

 

Donor Circle for the Arts Grantees - 2008

OrganizationAreaPurposeAmount
African American Drama Company of CaliforniaSanta Clara CountyTo 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 ActionSan Mateo CountyTo 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 UniversitySanta Clara CountyTo support the play - East Side Voices: Lives in East San Jose$2,500
CineFemme: Alka RaghuramSan Mateo CountyTo support the Kaala Paani / Black Waters video under the fiscal sponsorship of Cinefemme$2,500
Dance 4 HealthSanta Clara CountyTo 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 CompanySanta Clara CountyTo 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 JoseSanta Clara CountyTo 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 ProjectSan Mateo County & Santa Clara CountyTo 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 AssociationSanta Clara CountyTo support the NAGA 2009 Chinese New Year Celebration performance at the Milpitas Community Center.$2,500
San Jose Downtown Foundation Santa Clara CountyTo support the Downtown Doors art competition and exhibit in San Jose.$2,500
San Jose Jazz SocietySan Mateo County & Santa Clara CountyTo 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 & TextilesSan Mateo County & Santa Clara CountyTo support the Changing Landscapes: Contemporary Chinese Fiber Art Exhibit of 48 artists representing various teaching institutions in China$2,500
San Jose Taiko GroupSan Mateo County & Santa Clara CountyTo support the development of new original music works and a concert at Campbell Theatre in San Jose.$2,500
San Khau Viet CaliSan Mateo County & Santa Clara CountyTo 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, IncSanta Clara CountyTo 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 JoseSanta Clara CountyTo support Tapestry's school-based arts education program at Muriel Wright Locked Facility and Anderson Elementary Schools in San Jose$5,000