Four groups still accepting applications -- evaluations begin soon
There's still time to apply for a piece of $600,000 in Abierto program funds. San Jose Downtown Association, Filco Events, San Jose Jazz and School of Arts and Culture are curating applications to disperse Abierto program funds -- intended to bring people back to San Jose and celebrate after two difficult years.
SJDA will accept applications through Sept. 30, and already has several applicants. The other three curators will continue accepting applications into October.
San Jose arts-based individuals, groups or organizations who plan to celebrate the city’s re-opening through events and public space activations are eligible. Abierto (Italian for “open”) funding provided by the Mayor’s Budget Office of the City of San Jose will range between $500 and $50,000 per applicant.
The four lead agencies will process the requests, disseminate the funds and provide logistical support. Before the end of June 2023, recipients can take part three different ways:
- Activate in Viva Parks/Viva CalleSJ programming;
- Activate in a one-time program or event;
- Or activate an event or activation series.
Start by completing an Intent to Participate form available at sjdowntown.com/abierto/ and send it to Justin Imamura at firstname.lastname@example.org. Forms are available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese and Chinese. A review committee will evaluate applications and recommend grant awards soon thereafter.
In the first season of the Abierto Program, SJDA allotted funding to Urban Vibrancy Institute for weekly music events; Curatus for South First Fridays STREET MRKT and SubZero; SJSU Department of Humanities and the Arts for a variety of events; Stage One for a short-film series; Friends of Hue for a photo exhibit and School of Visual Philosophy for Second Saturday events along The Alameda.