• 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