The School of Arts and Culture at Mexican Heritage Plaza is a new use for a long-underutilized venue owned by the city of San Jose in the low income neighborhood of Alum Rock. Delivering classes, community events and programs for all ages, the school is a centerpiece of community life that has not previously existed in the neighborhood. It is partnering with local schools to provide after-school arts programs for students, providing a home for the Multicultural Arts Leadership Institute (supported by the Hewlett Foundation) to encourage professional development for leaders of color in the arts, and incubating arts organizations with theater space and technical assistance. A first time grant for the school would provide support for the burgeoning development and expansion of arts education in an underserved community.
About the Grantee
1700 Alum Rock Avenue, San Jose, CA, 95116, United States
Grants to this Grantee
for organizational adaptation
The School of Arts and Culture at MHP is the long-term operator of the Mexican Heritage Plaza, a six-acre facility owned by the city of San Jose. The organization is a vibrant arts and culture center, rooted in the largely Mexican American Mayfair neighborhood, that provides visual and performing arts classes, performances, and community events for more than 60,000 people each year. It also provides leadership development, fiscal sponsorship, and professional training to approximately 100 East San Jose artists and cultural leaders each year. This grant will support the school’s adaptation planning and implementation, advancing the Performing Arts Program’s Communities strategy.
for support of the Multicultural Arts Leadership Institute
The Multicultural Arts Leadership Institute (MALI) is a program of the School of Arts and Culture at Mexican Heritage Plaza in San Jose. The program, now in its seventh year, is designed to identify and train future and emerging arts leaders of color in Silicon Valley, and equip them to successfully participate in community forums, initiatives, and taskforces, both to address specific community issues, and as advocates for a strong and healthy multicultural arts community. The MALI program, which includes seminars, site visits, an annual forum, and a mini-grant program, is building a network of arts leaders among its graduates. A renewal grant would continue to build on that cohort, adding new students and creating opportunities for collaboration and community impact.