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Tours + Events

Explore San Jose's neighborhoods, art centers, and studios! Space is limited on many tours - sign up early to reserve a spot.









Djerassi Site Tour + Artists' Barn Feast | 10:30 am - 5:00 pm SOLD OUT

Explore Djerassi Resident Artists Program — from the sweeping ocean views to the nearly 600 acres of mountains and redwood forests, to a farm-to-table lunch with artists and staff, prepared by celebrated chef Dan Tosh. Hike the property's scenic vistas, eat in the newly renovated Artists' Barn, and enjoy this one-of-a-kind experience. Participants are advised to wear comfortable hiking gear and layers suitable for coastal fall weather. Hiking will be on dirt trails with several steep inclines, led by Djerassi staff Margot Knight, Kristopher Mills, and Laura Amador. Transportation provided between conference hotel an Djerassi (45 minutes). This is an optional preconference tour - separate registration required.

This tour is made possible through generous support from Djerassi Resident Artists Program.

SOLD OUT! (Email us at info (at) if you would like to be added to the waitlist).

Limit: 28 participants






ZERO1 | 6:00 - 8:00 pm

Connect with old friends and make new ones during the opening reception hosted at ZERO1 — a 21st century non-profit "where art meets technology to shape the future." Explore the ZERO1 garage, a one-of-a-kind open format space and the central hub for their innovative artist fellowships and international Biennial festival. Enjoy tunes from San Jose-based Brazillan folk singer, Cado.

Free for attendees! Beer/wine and light hors d'oeuvres will be served





San Jose Museum of Art | 7:00 - 10:00 pm

Celebrate with the Alliance during a night of music, mischief, and art at the San Jose Museum of Art! Meet Silicon Valley's movers and shakers, catch a nocturnal sneak peak of the museum's award-winning galleries, and experience San Jose Taiko one of the country's premier taiko drumming performance troupes!

Free for attendees! Hors d'oeuvres will be served. Cash bar.

Thursday and Friday afternoon, choose from one of the following tours and off-site events. Transportation will be provided for tours that are not within walking distance.


San Jose Taiko Workshop + Japantown tour | 2:15 - 5:00 pm

Be a guest of San Jose Taiko's 40th Anniversary year! Your tour begins with an exclusive hands-on workshop at San Jose Taiko's studio to experience the high energy art form of the Japanese drum.

Be transported to San Jose Japantown for a walking tour of this historical, cultural community  — one of only three Japantowns remaining in the US. Tour stops include the Japantown Mural Project - what was once an undeveloped maintenance yard has been transformed by the commissioned work of over 50 artists  — and a visit to the Ken Matsumoto gallery.

Led by PJ and Roy Hirabayashi, founders of San Jose Taiko and recipients of the National Heritage Fellowship for Traditional and Folk Arts, a lifetime honor from the National Endowment for the Arts.



SoFA Arts Tour | 2:15 - 5:00 pm

Spend your afternoon touring three of San Jose’s leading arts organizations in the South of First Arts (SoFA) district of San Jose. Join the artists and staff of MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana, San Jose Institute of Contemporary Art (ICA) and San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles (SJMQT) and hear about their collaborative effort to create a vibrant arts district and activate newly renovated ArtPlace funded GORE park through public programs and artist engagement. 

The tour will showcase the artist spaces and public facilities of each site, and a brief tour of special exhibits. At MACLA catch De Esperanza y De Locura/Of Hope and Madness, a compelling exhibition that includes kites and butterflies made of paper money by Erika Harrsch and hear about MACLA's commisioning program that connects performance artists with space and new audiences; in the ICA take a cell phone tour of their auction collection; and at SJMQT be inspired by new work of artist Linda Toeniskoetter and a giant Tortilla Quilt by artist Yolanda Guerra.






East San Jose Public Art Tour  | 2:15 - 5:00 pm

San Jose has one of the nation’s most highly regarded public art programs. Take a tour with the city's Public Art Manager, Jennifer Easton, and discover San Jose's bright, bold, and surprising streetscape. Hear about new collaborative works, see how art integrates into communities, buildings, transportation and environmental systems in this historic San Jose area. Learn how San Jose Public Art and Creative Entrepreneur Programs, as well as local partners are working to help local artists see public spaces as a lab for creative expression.

Tour stops include the Mexican Heritage Plaza, a maginficent facility built on the site of the first grocery store boycott for farm workers’ rights organized by César Chavez in the 1960s. Meet local artists from the School of Arts and Culture - a “multi-cultural and inter-cultural venue” for community events - and discover The Multicultural Arts Leadership Institute (MALI) an innovative program working to create networks of support and professional development opportunities for arts leaders of color in San Jose and beyond.

Cubberley Artists' Studios + Palo Alto Art Center | 2:15 - 5:00 pm SOLD OUT

Visit a unique long-term studio residency in Palo Alto and the recently renovated Palo Alto Art Center. Created by artists in need of affordable studio space in expensive Silicon Valley, the Cubberley Artists Studio Residency now offers 23 local artists a studio for a minimum five-year term. First explore Cubberley, meet the artists in their studios and hear from them about maintaining this program for over 24 years. Learn how this special residency leads to long-term collaborations, sharing ideas and resources impacts the artists’ daily practice. Then visit the Palo Alto Art Center where the director will walk you through the current exhibition and showcase ways in which the Center collaborates with the Cubberley Artists Community. 

SOLD OUT. Email us at info (at) artistcommunites (dot) org to be placed on the waitlist. Spots do often open up the day of!

Thursday and Friday afternoon, choose from one of the following tours and off-site events. Transportation will be provided for tours that are not within walking distance.

ZERO1 Garage + Artist Fellowship | 2:15pm - 4:30pm

ZERO1 is an art and technology think tank in downtown San Jose that works with some of the world’s most creative minds from the fields of art, science, design, architecture, and technology to produce the internationally renowned ZERO1 Biennial, Artist Fellowship program, and hundreds of exhibitions and events throughout the year. 

Come explore ZERO1's industrial, 10,000 square-foot studio, exhibition and office space known as the ZERO1 Garage.  View the fall exhibition Patent Pending, a group show that uses patents as a starting point to investigate the relationship between artists, ownership, and invention. Learn about ZERO1's unique Artist Fellowship program that connects artists with leading tech companies, cultural institutions, and academic research centers to address current innovation challenges.

Tlingit Weaving with Teri Rofkar | 2:15pm - 4:30pm

"Decades of weaving have opened my eyes to the pure science that is embedded in Tlingit Art...[bringing] knowledge of ten thousand years of research to life."

Join Alaskan native artist Teri Rofkar at the San Jose Museum of Quilts & Textiles to experience the ancient art of Tlingit weaving, a form of traditional native weaving that predates the pyramids of Egypt by over 6,000 years. Tlingit baskets and robes are a reflection of the rugged coastline of glaciers and towering mountain peaks that skirt Southeast Alaska. Using all your senses explore the very tops of the mountains, and the deepest forest floor during an afternoon open artist studio and demonstration.

You can hear more about Teri's practice during her Wednesday (Oct. 23) morning keynote at San Jose Stage.


Montalvo Arts Center | 2:15pm - 4:30pm SOLD OUT

Explore the Sally and Don Lucas Artists Residency Program at the Montalvo Arts Center! Located in the foothills of the Santa Cruz Mountains, Montalvo encompasses 175 stunning acres of forest, orchards, and manicured gardens, a Mediterranean-inspired villa built in 1912, and the third oldest artist residency in the US. You will visit artists from a variety of disciplines in their studios. Culinary Fellow Andrea Blum will talk about her latest projects and invite you to sample delicious artisan pizza straight from the oven. Kelly Sicat, Director of the Lucas Artist Residency and Donna Conwell, Montalvo’s Associate Curator, will lead participants on tours of art works on the grounds as well as the current exhibition in the Project Space Gallery.

Limited to 60 participants.

SOLD OUT. Email us at info (at) artistcommunites (dot) org to be placed on the waitlist. Spots do often open up the day of!


Anno Domini Gallery | 5:30 - 7:30pm

Wrap up the conference and begin your evening with a closing party at Anno Domini Gallery. Once a downtown cinema, Anno Domini's 4,100-sq. ft. space serves as a mecca for local artists, celebrating street art and counterculture and bringing "artsy bohemian funkiness" to South First Street's gallery scene.

Free for attendees! Beer/wine and light hors d'oeuvres will be served.