Geography of the Arts
What is Geography of the Arts?
H&A in Action is ready to build bridges between our college and the downtown San Jose community in this post-pandemic era with a robust series of community engagement activities by leveraging one of our primary college-wide initiatives, H&A in San Jose, a community-building initiative to foster collaboration between H&A and the rich environment of our surrounding community. By interacting with faculty and student artists, everyone will learn how the arts can be used in combination for the purpose of placemaking, representing place-in-pandemic, and communicating diverse experiences of place.
Generously funded by the the City of San Jose and the San Jose Downtown Association for 2021-2022 events, our Abierto events activate the green, public spaces around downtown San Jose. The goal of this series of pop-up events, nature strolls, and museum celebrations is to build out the geography of the arts by letting people engage, stroll, and geographically connect with the place where they live, particularly in terms of the arts.
To celebrate the public art peppered throughout downtown San Jose in a collaboration with local arts organizations, we created the "Public Art as Resistance in San Jose" project with in-person walking tours; self-guided walking tours using MyGPSCity or a printed map and QR codes at each public artwork; an Instagram hashtag campaign to enter your selfies with the public art for the public exhibit; an online archive of materials; and a panel discussion for Spring 2022.
Read more about these 2021-2022 awards, faculty collaborators, and community partnerships and join us for events.
Join us for free, public events
March & April 2023 Walking ToursOur in-person walking tours have RETURNED for Spring 2023! FREE BUT REGISTRATION REQUIRED - see dates in March & April to join us for a jaunty walk through downtown San Jose
ONGOINGSelf-Guided Walking Tour Open! Use GPSmyCity or the pdf map & Linktree
ONGOINGInstagram #SJResistArt - Post your public art as resistance to be chosen for a public exhibit on April 24
Feb 24, 2023, 5-7pmFor many of us in the Bay Area, a place like Big Basin Redwoods State Park (est. 1902) is a beloved place where we can momentarily escape urban life and walk among giants. We invite you to a celebration and discussion about these magnificent trees and their California cousins through music, photography, discussions about the threats posed by climate change, and information about wildfire management.
May 7, 2022, 12-3pmBeethoven Nature Hike: Share in Beethoven’s love of nature at this free event in Alum Rock Park, featuring performances of Beethoven and nature-themed music by the SJSU Wind Ensemble. Receive a complimentary pocket notebook and pencil to record your own creative thoughts as you explore the beautiful park
April 24, 2022, 2-4:30pmPlease join us for a panel of artists and scholars discuss public art, resistance, monuments, and our current climate + reception - Free & open to the public
April 23, 2022, 4:15-5:15pmPlease join us for the San Jose Story Map Awards Ceremony in partnership with the Legacy of Poetry Festival
Mar 4, 2022 - San Jose Story Map + Mobile Creative WorkshopsWe enjoyed meeting everyone at the San Jose Museum of Art in creative spaces for some communal art-making to celebrate our beautiful city of San José. Story coming soon!
Nov 19, 2021 - VivaCalleSJIn the clear streets of downtown San Jose students from the Sax Quartet and Woodwind Quintet played at the Willow Glen activity hub; the Poets & Writers Coalition were poetry busking at the Parque de los Pobladores activity hub; and the Mural Club helped kids sling paint on large canvases at Kelley Park activity hub.