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The Cultural Commission acts in an advisory capacity to the City Council in matters pertaining to the enhancement of multi-cultural experiences and beautification of the City through art. The Commission makes recommendations to the City Council on programs/activities to encourage educational, cultural, sports, technical and governmental exchanges to help acquaint citizens of Santa Clara with cultural diversity here and abroad.

The Commission also recommends potential City-funding and support for community cultural groups, organizes some City cultural events, and makes recommendations to the City Council on the purchase and placement of public art. It also makes recommendations on the City’s international exchanges, working closely with the Santa Clara Sister Cities Association and other supportive groups.

It organizes cultural events and activities, such as the annual Summer Concerts in the Park series, the biennial Indoor Sculpture Exhibition, the Franklin Square Street Dance, and the Friday Night Live performances. It also develops international people-to-people contacts designed to enhance cultural exchanges, communication and understanding with special emphasis on encouraging and coordinating activities with Santa Clara's three sister cities: Coimbra, Portugal, Izumo, Japan and Limerick, Ireland.

The Cultural Commission consists of Commissioners that are volunteers and are appointed by the City Council. To be eligible, you must be a registered voter and resident of Santa Clara, and may not hold any paid office in, or be employed by, the City of Santa Clara. For details call the City Clerk's office at (408) 615-2220. The Cultural Commission may also be contacted by email at CulturalCommission@santaclaraca.gov. 

Halloween Home Decorating Contest:

Here are the entries for the 2019 Halloween Home Decorating Contest:

3131 Homestead Road, 95051
228 Kellogg Way, 95051
3270 Benton St., 95051
766 Armanini Ave., 95050
2141 Carbillo Ave., 95050
2164 Nobili Ave., 95051
1182 Maryann Dr., 95050
2866 Mesquite Dr., 95051

Questions? Call the Community Recreation Center, 408-615-3140 or email PRCustomerServe@SantaClaraCA.gov 

Holiday Home Decorating Contest:

Please check back in December for details on the 2019 Holiday Home Decorating contest. 

Cultural Commission Monthly Meetings

  • Meets: Generally meets on the 1st Monday of each month at 7:00 pm
  • Place: Senior Center- Room 231,1303 Fremont Street
  • City Staff Liaison: Parks & Recreation– 408-615-3140

Commission Members

Teresa Sulcer

Term Expires: June 30, 2023
(First Term)

 


Louis Samara 2017 1 Louis Samara

Chair
Term Expires: June 30, 2022
(First Term)

 


Harbir K. Bhatia Harbir K. Bhatia

Term Expires: June 30, 2020
(First Term)

 


Niha Mathur 2018Niha Mathur

Term Expires: June 30, 2021
(First Term)

 

 


Debi von HueneDebra von Huene

Term Expires: June 30, 2023 
(First Term)

 


Jonathan Marinaro 2018Jonathan Marinaro

Vice-chair
Term Expires: June 30, 2021
(Partial Term)

 

 


Candida - CCCandida Diaz

Term Expires: June 30, 2020
(Partial Term)

 

Concert in the Park Featuring Genevieve Goings

Grammy nominated children's artist comes to Central Park

  • Date: 07/21/2019 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

This is a free City of Santa Clara event, sponsored by the Cultural Commission. We invite you to bring a lawn chair or picnic blanket to sit on as you enjoy the music. There will be shaved ice and other food available for purchase.

Genevieve Goings is one of the most recognizable voices in Children's Entertainment. With over a decade as the star of Disney Junior's "Choo Choo Soul;" an upbeat, urban music video show, Genevieve's career has grown and is now reaching a second generation of fans. Combined views of content featuring Genevieve on Youtube has surpassed 250 Million views, and in 2017 she earned a Grammy Nomination for her work writing Children's Music. Beginning her career in R&B and Hip-Hop in the San Francisco Bay Area, it was voiceover work that ultimately led her to the path of Children's Entertainment. Choo Choo Soul was originally crafted as an audio CD by video game developer Greg Johnson as he was working with Genevieve on the game "ToeJam & Earl III, Mission to Earth." The Choo Choo Soul brand was acquired by Disney in 2005, when they created new music videos to air on their morning programming block. Fans worldwide loved the funky, fun authentic music and Genevieve's soulful voice. After 4 seasons of original music and Disney Classics, a Parents Choice Award and 12+ years of touring, Choo Choo Soul has become an iconic brand within the Family Music industry.

Genevieve's voice can be heard on various Disney songs, including the popular new Disney Junior Music Nursery Rhyme series for which she also writes and produces. Disney English, a Walt Disney Publishing venture in China, also utilizes over 100 songs and recordings that Genevieve wrote and produced for the curriculum. Genevieve narrates stories for the Princess.Disney.com website as well as voicing games and apps with Hello Kitty.

 Genevieve Goings

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