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Cultural Commission

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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) 615-2220Call: (408) 615-2220. The Cultural Commission may also be contacted by email at

Cultural Commission Grant Application: 

The purpose of this application is to allow Santa Clara based cultural groups to submit a request for assistance to meet significant community needs. To be eligible, programs for which funding is requested must relate services to existing City goals, policies, and plans.

2020 - 2021 Cultural Commission Grant Application (PDF)

Concerts in the Park:

A family-friendly dance party featuring Bay Area bands in an outdoors, park environment. All concerts held at Central Park Pavilion, 909 Kiely Blvd., 6:30 - 8 p.m., unless otherwise noted.

  • July 12 - The Hitmen (Live Oak Park)
  • July 17 - Latin Heat
  • July 24 - Phil 'n the Blanks 
  • July 31 - Glory
  • Aug. 14 - Pop Fiction


Call the Community Recreation Center, 408-615-3140Call: 408-615-3140 or email

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– 408-615-3140Phone

Commission Members

Louis Samara 2017 1
Louis Samara

Term Expires: June 30, 2022 
(First Term)

IMG_6829Teresa Sulcer

Term Expires: June 30, 2023 
(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

Term Expires: June 30, 2021
(Partial Term)

Candida - CCCandida Diaz

Term Expires: June 30, 2020
(Partial Term)


Concert in the Park Featuring Livewire

Final 2019 Summer Concert in the Park

  • Date: 08/11/2019 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.

Livewire is a high-energy dance cover band based in the San Francisco Bay Area. The group performs at corporate, public, and private events for companies including Google, Facebook, and Coca Cola, and venues including San Francisco City Hall, Bimbo’s 365 Club, and AT&T Park, home of the San Francisco Giants.

As an in-demand party band, Livewire is frequently hired to perform at private parties, country clubs, weddings, festivals, top clubs, and resorts including the Los Altos Golf & Country Club, The Menlo Circus Club, and Villa Montalvo. Showcasing an eclectic mix of the best songs from the 70's and 80's through current rock and dance hits, the band accurately covers a wide range of music, from Journey to Michael Jackson, to Bruno Mars.

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