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Arts and City Success: Remembering Leonardo

Kim Walesh / Dec 18 2008

For Release Sunday, December 21, 2008

Kim Walesh SAN JOSE, Calif. — Our city, the “capital of Silicon Valley,” is known chiefly as America’s continuing birthplace of high technology ideas and products. But we also care passionately about the arts and their creative power for our people and future. Our goal is nothing less than a continuing, growing tide of “artist-engineers” in the tradition of Leonardo da Vinci.

This is why San Jose–and my job title is “chief strategist”–has integrated its office of cultural affairs into its office of economic development.

It’s why we hosted a “Global Leadership Forum on Economic and Cultural Development” that drew attendees from 17 global cities, from Helsinki to Yokohama, Guadalajara to Wellington.

It’s why San Jose, for more than two decades, has invested in cultural arts organizations, festivals and leaders.

The same goal explains why, deep in this land of the technologists, we’ve launched our “Creative Entrepreneur” project to help nurture artists’ careers.

And it’s why San Jose’s Tech Museum is featuring the world premier of a far-reaching exhibit of innovative art, science, and the engineering work of Leonardo and his contemporaries. Read More »