To improve the design of public spaces in San Jose by matching early stage City of San Jose infrastructure projects with pro bono, nationally recognized architecture and design firms, as part of an effort to enhance the city's culture of engagement.
To promote economic opportunity by supporting the creation of San Jose Public Library WORKS, a workforce development and employment training center at the Martin Luther King Jr. Library in downtown San Jose.
To promote journalism talent and leadership by supporting the International Center for Journalists to pilot a fellowship program in the United States for journalists from 14ymedio, an independent online news organization in Cuba.
Introducing new audiences to collecting art by starting an art rental program, where any resident with a library card can check out works to display in their home
Akron Songwriters Workshop: Promoting the art of songwriting by hosting a weeklong summer songwriters workshop for Akron residents
Exploring the role of arts in building community by bringing Chicago-based artist Theaster Gates to speak in Akron and meet with artists and entrepreneurs
Enlivening and attracting new people to downtown through public art projects
The Cappies (Critics and Awards Program for High School Students): Building the next generation of art critics by having local journalists train high school theater and journalism students in writing reviews, and then honoring the best work at an awards show
Bringing training to local jazz musicians through a series of master class workshops at BLU Jazz+ led by top musicians
The Glass Menagerie Through the Prism of Autism: Providing audiences with a greater understanding of the challenges facing people with autism with a theater experience that shows what life is like on the spectrum
The Heart of Glass: Offering creative opportunities with a mobile glass studio that travels to schools and events
The Optics of Memory: Enlivening downtown by building a public art series based on 2011 Guggenheim Fellow Kasumi's exhibition 'The Optics of Memory,' a multimedia piece about the formation of memory and collective consciousness