About Us

Here in the
Silicon
Valley…

 

Silicon Valley is among the most culturally diverse area in the US with no single race or ethnic group making up more than a third of the population. Even as this trend towards diversity intensifies, there is a decline in social integration. The melting pot model, which worked for first wave of European immigrants fleeing persecution in search of freedom relied on subjugating and modifying one’s ethnic identity to immerse oneself in the culture of the adopted homeland.

Recent waves of Silicon Valley immigrants however, came for the economic opportunity, and continue to maintain strong ties with their homeland. Buoyed by numbers, they are able to live in cultural silos. The community now consists of adjacent immiscible enclaves that intermingle tolerantly as necessary. The downsides of this sort of existence are a tendency to prioritize hyphenated identities above a national identity, and to forge expedient alliances. Recent events have led to increased anxiety in the community, and the rise of intolerance–blatant and subversive–has manifested itself in ugliness, adding a sense of urgency to the need to create a harmonious, vibrant, uniquely American multicultural society through cultural cohesion.

Mosaic is a grassroots movement
hoping to address this need.

Testimonials

“In an area known for the quality and diversity of culturally specific dance performance, Sangam Arts (now Mosaic America) is an important conduit for multicultural understanding through the arts”

Māhealani Uchiyama
Founder & Artistic Director, Center for International Dance

“As Chinese American living in the Bay Area, we share so much in common with other cultures, yet often unaware of our similarities. I really appreciate Sangam Arts’ (now Mosaic America) innovative approach in cutting across cultural diversity and knitting together our similarities.”

Hai Yan Jackson
Chinese dancer, Choreographer and teacher

“Mosaic America is an incredible arts experience for our global population. It strengthens the realization that we are truly “one” despite differences in form or style. This “oneness” is embedded into the fabric of Mosaic America’s performance design.”

Coleen Lorenz
President of Arts Unity Movement non-profit and Artistic Director of NewGround Theatre Dance Company

Board Members

Karen Peabody O'Brien

Karen Peabody O’Brien
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Usha Alve

Usha Alve
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Ginger Lai

Ginger Lai
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Aparna Srinivasan

Aparna Srinivasan
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Kapil Bhatnagar

Kapil Bhatnagar
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Executive Team

Usha Srinivasan

Usha Srinivasan
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Priya Das

Priya Das
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Staff

Alison Wein

Alison Wein
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Gabby Vasquez

Gabby Vasquez
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 Mallika Srinivasan

Mallika Srinivasan
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Priya Das

Sophia Flores
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Marketing Committee

Glady Lee

Glady Lee
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Melissa Howard

Melissa Howard
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Funders