Arts that Foster Understanding

In a region as diverse as Silicon Valley, the arts can bring people together in shared experiences that transcend boundaries and foster understanding. Through the arts, we gain exposure to the traditions of various cultures and learn of issues important to people in communities around the world. Two current events in San Jose, Calif., funded in part by the Applied Materials Foundation, work to build bridges between people through the arts.

An exhibit of modern and contemporary Indian art at the San Jose Museum of Art entitled Roots in the Air, Branches Below is a landmark exhibition of more than 25 paintings, drawings and sculptures, drawn entirely from private collections in the San Francisco Bay Area, and one of a very few surveys of modern and contemporary art from India in this country. Culled from 11 unique private collections, this exhibit celebrates the historical and social transition of India since 1947, when the country gained its independence. It runs through September 4, 2011 and includes free community days and educational programs.

The Global Landscapes Competition at Cinequest Film Festival which runs from March 1-13 in downtown San Jose, features 30 films from around the world that showcase creative storytelling, unique visions, and global impact. Global Landscapes focuses on cultures whose influence contributes significantly to the changing face of cinema.

To explore the arts in your community, check out resources like Artsopolis in Silicon Valley and its network members in cities including Austin, Phoenix, and Boston.

As an engaged corporate citizen, Applied Materials is committed to improving the way people live by making community investments in the areas of education, the arts, civic development, and the environment. For additional information, check out our Corporate Responsibility website.

Photo: Courtesy of San Jose Museum of Art

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