“Children are taught racism. Children are taught diversity. They don’t see it; they only see human. Two words: education and exposure. What are children educated about and what are they exposed to?”
At the beginning of 2020, Sangam Arts, through it’s Mosaic Silicon Valley initiative, launched a new program geared toward commissioning artists to create collaborative projects that both embodied and furthered the mission of strengthening multicultural American communities
It was 2016 when Mosaic Silicon Valley invited Indian folkdance artist Srividya Eashwar and Mexcian folklorico artist Arturo Magaña to come up with two minutes of informed, performative collaboration between their cultures. The mission was to bring their audiences together to build a connected community - as diverse in the audience as on stage.
I think that we’re all on the same page: it’s hard to comprehend how it’s been over half a year of “These Times,” however you personally define them. I’ve personally gone through a myriad of mindsets and emotions ranging from obliviousness, anxiety, and depression, to complacency, determination, and anger. But I’m not writing this today to make my problems yours. Instead, I want to take a moment to chat about creative processes and inspiration during these unprecedented times.
Considering its vast resources and highly educated population, Silicon Valley has surprisingly thin soil when it comes to building and sustaining cultural institutions. That’s never daunted Usha Srinivasan, the co-founder and president of Sangam Arts,
Staying inspired requires energy in the best of times. Doing so while sheltering-in-place, dealing with canceled shows, complete lack of a real audience, and asynchronous, socially distant jam sessions strikes a discordant note in the life of artists and art organizations alike.
America is the land of the free and the home of the brave…the who? While many of us feel we have the right to be here, regardless of where we were born, most of us continue to seek a sense of belonging. Belonging to a home, to a community, to a country. We identify as American. The world sees us as American. So why are some of us challenged, or even threatened, by our very own neighbors: our fellow Americans. If we all have pledged our allegiance to America – our America – then why do some people consider themselves more American than others?
New episode highlights the storytelling abilities of Modern Contemporary, Indian Odissi and Cambodian Classical dance styles SAN JOSE, Calif. – July 8, 2020 – Sangam Arts will host its next episode of Mosaic Connect - The Ancient Contemporary - on Monday, July 13th at 5:30PM PT. The free, online event will feature three pre-recorded performances
Innovative Mosaic Silicon Valley Program Focuses on Creating Intercultural Performances that Redefine American Art SAN JOSE, Calif. -- June 11, 2020 -- Sangam Arts announced today it has commissioned grants to five new performing arts projects via its Mosaic Silicon Valley program. Each of these grants will enable Bay Area-based artists to create projects that
By Usha Srinivasan As our nation grapples with the public health and economic devastation wrought by COVID-19, we are also faced with another hateful enemy: racist hate crimes. Americans who have known no other home and owe no allegiance to any country but their own are being spat on and viciously attacked as they are