“Perform” is our annual issue featuring people “performing,” either in a literal sense, such as a model, an actor, or musicians, or in a more figurative way, those recognized for what they have been doing in their craft and the community, such as the SVArts Award recipients. These creatives have demonstrated both a level of community engagement and a level of mastery in their field. Also, we highlight the work of students in San Jose State’s fashion photography 125 class, who managed to do creative work during the shelter-in-place order. I am conflicted as we present this issue. I am not in denial of critical cultural events; however, I am always reluctant to add to the endless commentary and reporting on any current event (like COVID-19). Still, I am crestfallen for the people and their families who have died because of the pandemic, and I am concerned for the number of people that are, and will be, affected by the economic fallout. Because we are a part of SVCreates, and because of our role in supporting artists and the creative sector, we have many friends and colleagues whose lives and livelihoods have been disrupted. Furthermore, we, ourselves, are not immune. Hence the slightly reduced page count in this issue. I have added a couple of elements to memorialize this time in history—the mask on the cover and the COVID Paper Doll Cutouts by Gabriel Edwards. The continuation of the series with San Jose Arts Advocates gives voice to the troubling and uncertain days to come. We hope that this issue finds you well, and that you are encouraged and strengthened to perform at your best in all you do and face.