This is our 60th issue and the last issue of our 10th year; we present profiles of diverse creatives from all types of disciplines, from the fantastic sand sculptures of Brighton Denevan to the social justice work of Mary Jessie Celestin’s San Jose Strong, to the entrepreneurial shift of karate champion Joane Orbon and rising soccer star Cade Cowell. This diversity in our region makes me celebrate and enjoy living here. You may not be a fan of every genre, but the commitment and passion for each individual’s craft are inspirational and admirable. We are honored to share the lives and works of the people featured in this issue and hope that you find and enjoy a creative connection to the community through the vast options here; whether Chinese dance or rap, there is a place for you to engage, support, and create.
Brighton Denevan, Cade Cowell, Chinese Performing Arts of America (CPAA), Creative Ambassadors: Amy Hibbs, Brandon Luu, Dana Harris Seeger, Eric Hayslett, Ricardo Cortez, and Stephanie Barajas Aguilar, Kathy Aoki, Jay Gatsby, Joane Orbon, Mary Jessie Celestin, Nicholaus James Dalton “Manik," Vanessa Niembro de Paz, and Album Picks by Needle to The Groove