Take care of your creative self

Though not open yet, downtown’s arts organizations and museum galleries can still support your artistic interests and provide inspiration for your creative projects.  Paint, make music and have fun.

 
Hella Gardens is a three-day window mural event, featuring San Jose artists who will dress up storefronts temporarily with garden-themed artwork.  As a bonus, people can walk to all the murals and play a game of Eye Spy — how many hidden bugs can you find?
The newest way to have fun in Downtown San Jose while social distancing is here with our MURAL TOURS. View over 20 murals created over a 23 year span. Our special Tour Pedicab features an optional 360 degree enclosure for you and your party and seats up to 6 passengers. 
Ten talented student artists have their artworks up on downtown doors and utility boxes to beautify the community. Get some extra steps in your day (or get 90 minutes free parking at select ParkSJ Garages) and go downtown to look at these ten amazing winning artworks in person using this walking map
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Beyond the Boards

Address: 490 S 1st St.
(408) 283-7142

Beyond the Boards is a virtual series of conversations that take you behind the scenes of their work for an in-depth look at the creative process and how it shapes our communities and the “New American Theatre”.


Children’s Discovery Museum

Address: 180 Woz Way.
(408) 298-5437

For little ones, check out The Children’s Discovery Museum’s virtual museum with hands-on activities and fun learning opportunities to keep kids educated at home.


City Lights Theater Company

Address: 529 S 2nd St.
(408) 295-4200

The show must go on (virtually)! City Lights presents a video recording of their world-premiere play “Coded,” about a gamer with a plan to revolutionize virtual-reality gaming, until things get too surreal when the virtual world begins to invade the real one.


ComedySportz

Address: 288 S 2nd St.
(408) 985-5233

CSz is keeping the joy of comedy alive by offering a virtual Sketch Writing course for those looking to stretch their comedy skills.


Google Arts & Culture

Address: 111 West Saint John St, #110
(408) 912-2886

Virtually travel around the world to see art with Google Arts & Culture, a platform providing public online viewing to some of the world’s most prominent art museum exhibits.


Hammer Theatre

Address: 101 Paseo De San Antonio (between 2nd and N 3rd St)
(408) 924-8501

The Hammer Theatre presents National Theatre at Home, with exclusive screenings of the best of West End theatre for San Jose.


History San Jose

Address: Pacific Hotel Building, 1650 Senter Rd.
(408) 287-2290

Stay educated and stimulated at home with one of History San Jose’s many online exhibits. Follow their social media to see the many different sides of History San José, from unique pieces of the collection to mini-tours of historic buildings.


Local Color

Address: 27 S 1st St.
(408) 867-5309

Keep up with Local Color on their social media platforms for artists features, live streams, virtual activities and more.


New Ballet

Address: 196 North 3rd Street
(408) 352-5616

For dancers and those who have always wanted to learn, New Ballet offers free online ballet classes for a wide range of ages and stages and a Ballet Boot Camp for adult beginners (held on Thursdays at 6 pm).


Opera San Jose

Address: 345 S 1st St.
(408) 437-4450

Opera San Jose at Home presents virtual concerts, artist spotlights, and behind-the-scenes previews for their upcoming productions.


San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art

Address: 560 S 1st Street.
(408) 283-8155

Stay inspired with San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art’s #ICAStaysTogether campaign, where you’ll get a daily activity to channel your creative energy.


San Jose Jazz

Address: 310 S 1st St.
(408) 288-7557

Live From Home features artists performing a 30-minute concert from home that’s live streamed via San Jose Jazz’s digital platforms through Facebook Live on Monday and Thursday evenings at 7pm PST (times may vary per stream). Artists will perform three songs and answer questions live from the online audience.


San Jose Museum of Art

Address: 110 S Market Street
(408) 271-6840

San Jose Museum of Art encourages us to stay connected by listening to each other. You can share your thoughts or feelings with SJMA through their social media by using #ShowMeSJMA. Also, clear your mind and enjoy the present moment with SJMA’s guided meditations.


San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles

Address: 520 S 1st Street
(408) 971-0323

Tour San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles’ newest exhibit, “I was India: Embroidering Exoticism,” virtually led by Bay Area artist Kira Dominguez Hultgren.


Steinway Society

Address: 72 N 5th Street
(408) 300-5635

Steinway Society offers ways for you to still enjoy artists’ music from your home with video clips of each month’s scheduled performer. Check out Alexander Sinchuk, playing Rachmaninoff.

rtist Kira Dominguez Hultgren.


The Tech Interactive

Address: 201 S Market Street
(408) 294-8324

The Tech Interactive has a virtual field trip for you to explore the exhibits and meet those working in the tech industry. Also, check out what hands-on learning activities you and your kids can do at home.

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