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  • Discover 14.4
    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.
  • Perform 14.3
    There are many aspects that I enjoy about doing Content Magazine—meeting new artists, working with talented creatives to produce the stories, and helping bring visibility and voice to the South Bay’s artists. This issue continues in that tradition (I think I can call our production a “tradition” after a decade!). In the last several years, Content and SVCreates have awarded grants to regional artists who have applied to a juried selection for the Content Emerging Artist Award.
  • Sight and Sound 14.2
    Visual and Audio Creatives of the South Bay. This issue is our 58th edition and the first issue in our 10th year of publishing.
  • Discover 14.1
    In this 57th issue, the last of our ninth year, I am excited to have commissioned a featured artist to paint a portrait of another featured artist for the cover. We had Gabriel Coke draw SVCreates Laureates in the 2020 issue 12.3, which was great, but not for the cover. I thought that Cuong Nguyen’s portraiture style, which has a classical old-school feel, would be an excellent juxtaposition with budding 17-year-old musician Jack Pavlina—and a great way to showcase both of these artists. In addition to Cuong and Jack, we present Ryan Carrington, Krista Fay, Dox Black, and Derrick Sanderlin—each with unique styles worth exploring.
  • Profiles 13.4
    Featuring: Low Conspiracy | Warren Chang | San Jose Foos | Annmariz | Au La La Design | West valley Fashion | Kylee Dougherty | Barely Funktional | HeadHunter Crew | FlipSide Lovers | Google Downtown West | Needle to the Groove Album Picks
  • Perform 13.3
    Summer 2021 issue featuring artists, especially those who perform in one way or another.
  • Sight and Sound 13.2
    Issue 13.2 “Sight and Sound - our annual issue specifically focused on the audio and visual arts of the South Bay. Issue featuring: Artist: Mesengr Video Production and Studio Rental: Stage One Creative Photographer: Allan Barnes Band: Chilindrina Artist: Sammy Koh, colorstory sammy Music Producer: Controller 7 Cultural Art Project: Hidden Histories Japantown Artist: House of Boys Design Artist: Laurel Picklum Musician: Malcom Musician and Label: Chris Emond of Orange Label Comedians: Ruben Escabedo and Bio, “Pick you Poison Comedy Show” SouthBay Designer: Artin Album Pick 13.2: Curated Music from Needle to the Groove
  • Discover 13.1
    As you read these stories, we hope you will find the themes in their discovery process that will refine your life journey as you marry contemplation with curiosity. We do desire to expose you to new artists, new works, and new experiences, not merely for entrainment but also for your enrichment. We want you to discover a way to connect, engage, and to support your journey and the journey of those presented. Here’s to the curious, to the adventurous, to the seeker—may you discover.
  • Profiles 12.4
    Usually, our annual “Profiles” issue is 35-plus local creatives with shorter interviews. I adopted this style a few years ago because, even after publishing for over six years, there continued to be many people I wanted to feature but just didn’t have space for in our regular issue schedule. So, the “Profiles” issue was developed to allow more artists to be featured. However, this year is different. That is the understatement of the decade—2020 is a different year.  But I wanted to show the artwork that people were creating during the COVID-19 “shelter-in-place” order. Hence, instead of 45 people, we have 10 creatives and space for the new work they have created since March. With over 90 submissions, it was challenging to pick only 11. For multimedia, audio, and video work, we decided to plan a web/digital presentation for those artists, which will do more justice to their work than a print version would. And a few of the artists we have moved to feature in a future issue. Thank you to all the artists who submitted; it is an honor to present your work.
  • Perform 12.3
    “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.
  • Sight and Sound 12.2
    As this issue goes to print, we are starting the second week of the COVID-19 “shelter-in-place” order. This is no doubt a historic moment; the impact of this disease will extend from the lives that are lost, to the livelihoods it will take. Though we may or may not contract the virus, we as an organization and the people we’ve featured over the last nine years are some of the hardest-hit populations. Small businesses, arts organizations, and independent artists will struggle to hang on over the next few months. Hence, our greatest mission: to support locals. To connect community. We hope you will not only be inspired by the people of this particular issue, but look back to the archives and find the creatives, innovators, and entrepreneurs bringing vibrancy to the Silicon Valley. Let’s all join together; and then, we can all move forward. We pray you and yours are safe and well. Thank you, Daniel Garcia THE CULTIVATOR
  • Device 12.1
    Though we are in Silicon Valley, our primary focus is not technology. Even so, in our day and age, it would be difficult to think of artistic experiences that don’t intersect with technologies. In this issue, we look at some creative ways tech can amplify art: from the interactive iPad audio/visual digital guide tour of Picasso’s work to the 3D print, laser-cutting maker-space of Idea Fab Labs. These demonstrate how the digital age provides new ways to display, engage, and create. In addition, the emerging AI/VR tools are opening up new ways to share and view stories. It’s exciting to have Cinequest right here in our backyard as they look for ways to embrace these innovative platforms. Yes, there can be a scary side to the computer and the “internet-of-every-thing” world we are in. But the journey for authentic expression will continue to find ways of challenging and inspiring culture, no matter what the DEVICE. Enjoy. Daniel Garcia THE CULTIVATOR
  • Discover 12.0
    Underneath the facade of pedantic social-media-influencer-culture, there are riches, treasures of connection, meaning, and creativity. But just like all great discoveries, a little digging, a little effort is required. Content is here to assist you in your excavation. And I think you will dig what is in this issue. If there is one thing I have learned through my years and experience, it is that whether you are in the South Bay or the world at large, in life, if you seek, you will Discover. Enjoy. Daniel Garcia THE CULTIVATOR
  • Dine 11.5
    It shouldn’t surprise me that we could have titled this issue “Team” rather than “Dine.” Food and dining are intrinsically tied to relationships. And this being one of the most expensive regions in the world, partnerships have become an effective way to make an entrepreneurial dream a reality. We didn’t realize that these food-based features were all cofounded endeavors. This unplanned discovery amplifies our intentions of having a “dining” theme for our “Holiday Issue” as food sets the backdrop for community. These stories beautifully illustrate that connection. 
  • Profiles 11.4
    Too often, people fall in line to unconscious standards that are subtly promoted by the subgroup they follow. They dismiss others based on unspoken ethos and close the door on artists and genres not “accepted” in that tribe. The mission of Content Magazine/SVCreates is to bridge that divide; we provide a platform for all spectrums of our community to be represented. As the reader of this profiles magazine, you will not get just “high society pages” or just underground culture. We believe the beauty of community is in the nuances of diversity. I hope that the individuals we have in this issue challenge you to learn and appreciate people who may not fit into your typical circle. Whether that is “traditional” or “alternative,” either way, you will be – I believe – enriched by learning about the people who are creating and making that might not be in your original style or preference. May you grow in valuing all those that are around you as you read these Profiles. Enjoy. Daniel Garcia The Cultivator
  • Perform 11.3
    In this issue, we introduce you to a few locals who have been putting in the time to develop their craft, performing their daily task and rituals. Also in this issue, we celebrate the SVCreates 2019 Laureates. These are Santa Clara County artists who have been recognized by the creative community as those who have demonstrated influence, mastery, or growth in their creative practices. With that, we are excited to announce the Content Emerging Artist Award to Jarvis Subia. Congratulations to all the SVArts recipients. Enjoy. Daniel Garcia THE CULTIVATOR
  • Device 11.2
    This Device issue, as I mention on the preceding page, was shot entirely on the Google Pixel 3 XL Phone. What better way to focus on tech in Silicon Valley than to use a new gadget for an issue devoted to emerging innovation? I like to balance the gadgetry and digital world with the tangible and analog, especially since I would not consider myself a techie—even though I was raised here in the valley of innovation. Hence, in this edition, we feature Bay Area creators who combine the two worlds, such as strawberry farmers, painters, and a trivia quiz leader. Technology not only affects what and how they do their work—like running the music and quiz questions from an iPhone or using DNA sequencers on a strawberry farm—but, inversely, the pioneers of the tech industry are both creators of art and the valley’s patrons of the arts. Here is a small look into our region’s art and tech, all captured through the len of a Silicon Valley emerging Device. Enjoy. Daniel Garcia THE CULTIVATOR
  • Sight and Sound 11.1
    This issue of Sight and Sound demonstrates the flavorful ethos of the South Bay. One piece that represents the spirit and the eclectic tastes of this issue is Diane Solomon’s profiles of community support radio KKUP. This issue, like all of our editions, is not enslaved by style or genre. Instead, we seek to bring you to each corner of creative expression found within the communities of Silicon Valley. Within these pages, meet a folk songwriter and hip-hop lyricist; interior designer and UX designer; comedians and audio technicians—may these introductions broaden your palate as well as your appreciation. Enjoy. Daniel Garcia THE CULTIVATOR
  • Discover 11.0
    As we enter our ninth year, we embark with our traditional focus of discovering some new or unfamiliar aspect of our region: like the recently opened specialty ice company that is providing clear cubes for craft cocktails or the newly developed program from the City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs which has commissioned four local artists as ambassadors to spark creativity and reach out to the community through some special art projects.
  • Dine 10.5
    in this year’s DINE, we bring in a few voices of our neighbors who have been through some times where they weren’t just cutting back on eating out but found it hard even to gather enough for the next meal. In a rich, abundant region like the Bay Area, it is shocking to realize how near that place is to us, either for the people next door or for our own families. So, please, enjoy this season: eat, drink, and celebrate, but also let’s be more than “mindful.” Let’s be “actionable” to the needs of those around us. Because thankfulness and gratitude, like all of the great things in this world—love, mercy, justice, charity, and kindness—are not nor were ever meant to be reserved for a particular income bracket; they are the menu of the true table in which everyone is welcome to DINE. Enjoy. Daniel Garcia THE CULTIVATOR
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