The Story of Holiday Arts 2020

As you go about your holiday we hope you’ll take a moment to read this tale that’s starting to unfold. And that’s the Story of Holiday Arts, or in this case, lack thereof; a story that most certainly must be told.

For many people the holidays are not just gifts, food, fun and family; it’s the time of year we gather for a show. Delighting in live theatre, the ballet, concerts, or the opera - all annual traditions so to the theater we go!

But these are exceptional times; every industry is affected as the 2020 pandemic rages on. For arts groups in particular the effects are never ending and if we don’t act now our favorites may be gone.

As we turn the page on “The Story of the 2020 Pandemic” the arts are in a quandry: the writing is on the wall. Our arts calendar is a big, blank slate: no holiday programs now, and perhaps for some no hope of future programming at all.

We cannot allow this story to continue as it’s written with chapters about arts agencies’ demise. We must rewrite the ending and with the help of our community we'll ensure the arts don’t just survive...they will rise.

You Can Help Keep The Arts Alive!

We've created this hub where you can quickly find links to our region's arts organizations and learn about their Covid-19 Recovery Campaigns. If you can, give generously so we may ensure the arts survive.

    3Below Theaters

    3Below Theaters is downtown San Jose's social spot for stage, screen, music, comedy, family fun and events. We are a small but mighty group of producers, designers, actors, and lovers of the creative and performing arts dedicated to providing quality, accessible, diverse, and entirely enjoyable entertainment events and experiences for audiences of all ages. 3Below is more than just another theater complex; it's a gathering place for the community. Under one roof you'll find three theaters, two production companies, and one singular mission of creating memorable experiences for you and your friends and family. Our three theaters and lounge feature programming six days a week including Professional Live Musical Theatre, Independent, Documentary & Art Film, Family Holiday Musicals, Sing-Alongs and Quote-Alongs, Chamber Operas, Cabaret Nights & Live Music, Revival, Retro, Repertory and Classic Films, Marathons and Film Festivals, Theatre Classes, Family Game Nights, Broadway Karaoke, Open Mic Nights, and Private Rentals.

    Click "learn more" to visit our Covid-19 Recovery Fund page. Thank you for your gift of support!

    Cashion Cultural Legacy

    The nonprofit Cashion Cultural Legacy (CCL) is committed to sustaining the preservation, presentation, and education of Mexican folk culture through dance.  In honor and recognition of Dr. Susan V. Cashion and her many contributions to the dance world, the CCL pursues this mission by hosting two professional dance companies (Los Lupeños de San Jose & Los Lupeños Juvenil), offering accessible classes to the community (Los Lupeños Academy), operating an artist exchange between California and Mexico, and documenting the art form.  We value ARTISTRY, EDUCATION, and PERFORMANCE. We believe in the deep-rooted yet constantly evolving ARTISTRY of the traditional folklorico dance genre. We subscribe to the idea that access to folklorico dance EDUCATION develops a deeper understanding and a proud appreciation of Mexican heritage.  We celebrate the power of folklorico dance PERFORMANCE as it captivates audiences and provides a positive image of Mexican culture.

    Children's Discovery Museum of San Jose

    As a children’s museum, we are uniquely positioned to promote tolerance and cultural competency that starts with each of us. A donation from you ensures our children, the leaders of tomorrow, learn the importance of diversity and equity, especially in tough times like these. Help us build bridges of understanding and acceptance across cultures, races, and economic backgrounds by making sure the museum remains accessible to all families.

    Your year-end gift advances our educational enrichments programs, enhances and sanitizes our exhibits, and ensures every single child is able to access
    our museum and all of the educational experiences we have to offer.

    CMT San Jose


    CMT San Jose trains and educates today's youth through musical theater to set and achieve high artistic and personal goals, and to inspire them to become exemplary artists, patrons and citizens of tomorrow. Inclusiveness and quality are the touchstones of CMT's vision. As a nationally acclaimed theater organization and the oldest performing arts organization in San Jose, CMT remains dedicated to providing the highest possible caliber of musical and theatrical training to children from ages 4 to 20, spanning all abilities. We stand behind our promise to never turn a child away, regardless of financial or physical limitations. As a nationally acclaimed theater organization and the oldest performing arts organization in San Jose, CMT is committed to serve its culturally diverse region through an equitable lens, promoting systemic change both in our organizational operations and in our community to help eliminate racial bias.

    Chopsticks Alley

    Chopsticks Alley Art promotes Southeast Asian cultural heritage through the creative shared expression of art. We provide support and promote artists through art exhibits, classes, performances, and events.  We serve emerging Southeast Asian artists, low-income families, elders, the LGBTQ+ community, and individuals with differing abilities.

    The Choral Project

    The Choral Project, founded in 1996 by Artistic Director Daniel Hughes, has earned an outstanding reputation for performing high-level choral literature and bridging the gaps between text and music, and singer and spectator. The 54-voice ensemble has performed throughout the world in concert performances and choral festivals to great acclaim. The Choral Project is widely recognized for presenting and preserving great works of choral literature from a wide range of worldwide traditions that express diversity. The group is equally committed to innovative and dramatic presentations in concert, in addition to promoting the choral art through premieres of new works. For more information visit

    City Lights Theaters Company

    City Lights Theater Company creates provocative live productions that engage, inspire, and challenge audiences and artists alike through innovative concepts, intimate staging, and uncompromising storytelling. Every Friday at 8 p.m., our program The Next Stage offers free arts programming that you can experience from anywhere, with livestreams and videos created by our vibrant community of artists. Our podcast channel, Filament, can be found on any podcasting hubs and features new plays, scary stories, and (coming soon) a A brand-new audio version of our 2014 hit play Truce: A Christmas Wish from the Great War! And this holiday season, join us for an old-fashioned fireside reading, with some theatrical bells & whistles! Acclaimed actor-director Mark Anderson Phillips premieres his adaptation of Dickens' A Christmas Carol. Directed by Lisa Mallette (at a social distance), Mark brings us a new take on this timeless, uplifting story. Watch the recorded show on demand from December 15 through January 5.

    ComedySportz San Jose

    Our live webcasts feature players and ref interacting from their remote locations in an abbreviated ComedySportz Match. You'll attend the match via Zoom (we'll send you the link once you've bought your ticket) and will be able to give suggestions and even vote for the winning team! Tickets start at just $10 and multiple people can watch on one device. We appreciate whatever you can afford to help us pay the bills and eventually welcome you back live to our theatre!

    Due to Covid-19, ComedySportz San Jose has canceled all shows for the foreseeable future to limit the spread of the virus and to stay in line with California's Shelter-In-Place Order. Like all theaters our revenue is mostly made up of ticket sales and classes, so without being able to congregate we have effectively seen our income drop to $0.

    During this time we would greatly appreciate your support. We have updated our E-Gift Card offerings to include anything from a single ticket to having the opportunity to perform with us!  - all available to be used on a future date of your choosing!

    Mosaic Silicon Valley

    Mosaic Silicon Valley aims to build community and belonging through the creation of new intercultural, collaborative works by world-class local artists representing 35+ local communities, which highlight common threads between disparate cultures and artistic forms. Our productions are catalysts for conversations about race, identity, and belonging in America to foster unity.  In 2021, we will continue to support artists in creating new works and presenting those works with a clear vision of strengthening our diverse communities through building belonging. (Mosaic Silicon Valley is an initiative of Sangam Arts.)

    New Ballet

    With the support of our community, New Ballet is poised to offset the challenges of Covid-19 and our school is going strong! Because of the needed cancellations of our in-theatre productions, our current challenge is to keep our Ballet Company dancing, continue to provide expert training to our students no matter in the studio or online, and to provide performance opportunities to students from our school. As always, health and safety is our top priority, and all activities outlined below will follow or go beyond required mandates for health and safety. We invite you to invest in this excitingly re-imagined kick-off to the season, and to participate in the creation of new ballet with our dancers, students, and community.  Thank you again for your generous friendship and support. 

    Opera San Jose

    Opera San José’s mission has always been the development and support of emerging artists. By providing housing, professional development, and performance opportunities like few opera companies in America do, Opera San Jose keeps the artist at the very heart of its creative and administrative life. During this ongoing health and economic crisis, Opera San Jose’s mandate must be the continued support of these artists – to serve as a lifeline, to preserve their immense artistry, and to keep producing art through any and all mediums available to us in this time apart from one another. Opera is an art form that takes hundreds of people to produce – artists, musicians, artisans, and patrons like you.  Thank you for your support!

    San Jose Chamber Orchestra

    The San Jose Chamber Orchestra is a professional string orchestra founded in 1991 by Music Director Barbara Day Turner. Its mission is to share exciting, thought-provoking, and vibrant music by contemporary and time-honored composers reflecting the cultural diversity of our region, to inspire the next generation of musicians and audiences. SJCO embraces the responsibility of providing young, emerging artists with opportunities to work with established musicians in collaborative, creative environments that create connection to community.

    Winter's Gifts is a celebration of the holiday season as told through the artistry of musicians from The Choral Project and the San Jose Chamber Orchestra. This year's theme is treasures, featuring a socially distant and safely recorded rendition of Ola Gjeilo's Across the Vast, Eternal Sky. The virtual presentation will also include music from the archives of 16 years of collaboration, celebrating the winter season, Diwali, Hanukkah, and Christmas.


    Founded in 2003 to meet the need for contemporary dance opportunities, sjDANCEco serves both the community of San Jose residents and the community of local dance artists. We have put into place exemplary programs that enable local residents to experience top quality contemporary dance performances in San José. With Positive Thinking, we'll be seeing you at our Youth Program "Experiencing the Arts through Dance”, our Festival celebrating National Dance Week April 24 and 25, 2021 at the Eastridge Center and during the company's 19th performance Season June 11 and 12, 2021 at the Hammer Theater Center. Until Then, Enjoy past performance highlights monthly by signing up for our newsletter at 

    San Jose Stage Company

    In its 38th season, San Jose Stage Company is recognized as the South Bay's leading professional theatre company, having earned a reputation for artistic excellence through imaginative and edgy theatrical experiences that spark ideas and dialogue with the audience. The Stage is devoted to new, cutting-edge work and re-envisioned American literature and world classics using innovative stagecraft as well as multi-media that propels the narrative while showcasing accomplished local actors in true repertory style. With the farthest seat in the house no more than 15 feet from the three-quarter thrust stage, the connection between actor and audience is profoundly visceral. Attracting more than 30,000 patrons to downtown and employing more than 150 local artists annually, San Jose Stage Company continues to be a vital force in the region's economic and creative landscape. As a strong community partner, The Stage has been the creative home for more than 500 performance groups including San Jose Jazz and Notre Dame High School - working together to engage, provoke, and inspire current and future theatre participants and arts advocates.  The Stage is a multi-award-winning theatre company having received numerous accolades including the 2018 Paine Knickerbocker Award for continued contributions to Bay Area theatre from the San Francisco Bay Area Theatre Critics Circle. The Stage has produced over 165 productions, including 18 world premieres and 47 new works and is ranked as the 2nd largest professional theatre and 8th largest performance arts organization in Silicon Valley (Silicon Valley/San Jose Business Journal).

    Symphony Silicon Valley

    Founded in 2002, Symphony Silicon Valley has progressed from daring idea to exciting reality, rapidly becoming the greater South Bay's premiere orchestra and a notable community success story. The Symphony's artists, nationally recruited, locally resident, with an average performance tenure in San Jose of over 20 years, are recognized as among the best in the greater Bay Area. Led by an exciting roster of distinguished guest conductors on the European model, the Symphony is an anchor tenant of San Jose's magnificently restored downtown California Theatre, one of Northern California's most outstanding music halls. There, audiences and critics alike greet its concerts with enthusiasm.

    Tabard Theater Company

    The Tabard Theatre Company provides live entertainment experiences that are enlightening, appropriate, and affordable for audiences of all ages, championing unique works in an inclusive environment, with educational programs and altruistic outreach to the underserved.

    Teatro Vision

    Teatro Vision is a Latinx/Chicanx theater company serving the Latinx and other diverse communities of the Santa Clara Valley and the greater San Francisco Bay Area. Teatro Vision's mission is to create theater rooted in Chicanx and Latinx experiences to inspire the people of Santa Clara Valley and beyond to feel, think, and act to create a better world. Our programs include producing and presenting theater that is accessible to all, focusing on Latinx and Chicanx communities and artists; developing new works of theater through a participatory, community-based process; and offering theater classes and workshops for youth and adults that teach performance as a tool for social change. Learn more at:

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