Thank you, Knight Foundation!

We are thrilled to share some phenomenal news! Local Color was one of 4 grantees to share a $775,000 investment from the Knight Foundation! This 3 year grant will allow us to grow our operations and get our next new locations off the ground!

“The arts are a vital part of San Jose, the heartbeat that moves the city forward,” said Victoria Rogers, Knight’s vice president for arts. “These investments will help ensure that vibrant arts and cultural organizations can thrive and continue to drive important conversations around the future of the city.”

Shout out to our colleagues and all their incredible work that empowers local arts and culture:
🖼️San Jose Museum of Art🖼️
🦚 Sangam Arts 🦚
🥁 San Jose Taiko 🥁

Local Color ($250,000): To support Local Color's general operations and catalyze its growth for the next three years, expanding its application of innovative strategies to serve working artists in San Jose. Local Color will use Knight funding to build capacity and provide more affordable workspaces for local artists. It will also work to expand the skills of San Jose’s local creative community through resources, training, and partnerships. Erin Salazar, Executive Director of Local Color, was recognized as a 2019 Knight Public Spaces Fellow for her work to build economic opportunities for creatives.

A note from our Co-Founder, Ellina M. Yin

This week marked a very special moment for Local Color as well as many other amazing community institutions in San Jose. The ripple effect of Knight Foundation’s continued support and reinvestment in the San Jose community has birthed a new turning point for the San Jose art scene, including some incredible new emerging leaders like our very own Haley Cardamon, my K 880 Fellow Lucila Chavez, and Isaiah Wilson from The Come Up, just to name a few. For Local Color, this is yet another new beginning and a new stage of growth.    

When I joined this organization in December of 2016, I never could have imagined where it would have taken me. I am eternally grateful for Local Color and the true friends I've made along this incredibly illuminating journey. I received the honor of getting to know so many amazing and passionate individuals that have deeply impacted my life, encouraging me to grow in the best of ways.

Along with this new growth, some new and exciting changes will also be following. A series of events have all led up to this point, leading me to embark on a new journey outside of Local Color. I will be spending this next chapter with my loved ones and further pursuing my own personal projects. My contributions as Co-Founder will be my remaining legacy as I leave Local Color at its historical high. I look forward to seeing Local Color succeed and continue to serve the community that I was born and raised in. I am so deeply grateful for this amazing community, Don’t worry, I promise you will still see me around :) !!

Lastly, thank you to my team Erin, Haley, and Carman for allowing me to be a part of this journey and do what I do best behind the scenes. I look forward and eagerly await the next chapter of Local Color. Onwards and upwards.

With Gratitude,

Ellina M. Yin
Co-Founder & Operations Director | Twitter: @onalilrampage

CIIF: It's Raining Wins!!

4 of our Artists in Residence have been awarded the Creative Industries Incentive Fund (CIIF) totaling $25K. CIIF is a program aiming to catalyze San Jose's creative industries and arts-based commercial businesses involved in the production or distribution of the arts.  Projects supported through this program are aimed at growth and economic sustainability. The CIIF was implemented as a recommendation of Cultural Connection: San Jose's Cultural Plan for 2011-2020.   

Benjamin Henderson, Brush House. Award: $6,000
Brush House provides freelance graphic arts and painting, including hand-painted signs and murals. Many of the signs are for local businesses such as Barefoot Coffee Roasters, Chromatic Coffee Co., Café Stritch, Good Karma and so much more. 

Spot these gems in the wild and on IG: @ohmaigawd

A man and his toys. Check out his latest work at Pizza Flora in Downtown SJ. Photo By Erin Salazar
Tasi Alabastro Award: $7,000
Tasi Alabastro educates local artists on the use of digital platforms and provides them opportunities to amplify their brand. These funds will go to producing video podcasting on YouTube channel “Art Time Job” which will be a video hub for local artists and culture makers to showcase current projects and personal narratives.
See Tasi go. Go Tasi, go! IG: @tasialabastro

Fun Fact, Tasi is also a talented photographer and looks amazing in fuschia. Photo by Tasi Alabastro

Downtown Screen Printers, Alexander Hernandez + Jim Fonseca  Award: $4,000
Downtown Screen Printers is a creative venture founded by Aliks Hernandez and Jim Fonseca, two longtime resident artists of Local Color. Services include apparel printing, custom logo design, artistic consulting, archival poster printing, print workshops, and live printing for a variety of events. 

Peep their offerings IG: @downtownscreenprinters

Aren’t they adorable? Don’t you want all your gear printed by them? I do.  Photo by Erika Rasmussen

Haley Cardamon, LLC, San Jose Day Award: $8,000
To support the production of the 4th Annual San Jose Day, a festival dedicated to embracing the city’s widely diverse culture through a celebration of local art, fashion, music, food, classic cars, and conversation. See you there on April 11, 2020. Now accepting new vendors! 

Stay up to date on IG: @sanjoseday 

🔥Album drops 4/11/2020 🔥Photo by Leopoldo Macaya


 We’re also celebrating our friends who were awarded this rad grant. Look out for all the cool things coming up this year!  

 Visual Philosophy - Art School, Gallery, & Maker Space @schoolofvp
The Get Down - Shake that funky thang with @thegetdowndancestudios
Quynh-Mai Productions - Lips Uncurled, Eyes Forward, social art series • 
Public Space Authority - Community-Driven programming • 
The Come Up - Connecting local musicians and local DIY shows • 

James Lick High School

LatinX Mural by emerging Artist, Arely Cardenas, and well-versed Artist, Jesse Hernandez, found its new home at James Lick High School in Eastside San Jose. Partnered with Google and Local Color, these two artists collaborated on a 16-foot colorful collage of interwoven LatinX culture, honoring diversity while celebrating our similarities. Sharing the commonalities of music, food, animals, and icons of popular culture to represent different countries.

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