BY KATHRYN DICKASON
Mosaic America fosters intercultural awareness and respect through its artistic programming. The San Francisco Bay Area has a rich diversity of people, despite prevailing media representations of Silicon Valley as the
land of wealthy, white “tech bros.”
The Mosaic Festival is happening this weekend and we are excited to learn more about Mosaic America, the festival (Mosaic Festival: Friday and Saturday, Aug 26 and 27), and the work they do to bridge cultures and communities with the arts!
n this episode, Priya discusses how being an art critic and columnist, her history classical Indian Bharatanatyam performer, and the Hawaiian/Slide Guitar have merged to help form Mosaic America, cofounder with Usha Srinivasan. In addition, Priya shares how coming to America put her on a journey to find her “giant self.”
After the success of last year’s inaugural Mosaic Festival in San Jose, Usha Srinivasan saw an opportunity to make the event bigger this year, expanding to two days of multicultural arts programming.
Priya Das, Founder, Mosaic America featured on Heartistry – Farah Yasmeen Shaikh Talk Show
Priya Das, Founde, Mosaic America and Maria Basile, Dance artist on Off the Cuff with Namrita 92.3FM. Mosaic America is a nonprofit organization that strengthens communities, cultivates belonging, and catalyzes inclusion through inter-cultural and co-created art.
RIGHTSTARTER will premiere their Mosaic commissioned, newest work Black/Pacific: Dispatches from the Noble Savage, a song cycle examining the call of the West, the lure of the Pacific, and the distorted historical views of indigenous Black and Brown humanity.
The first free festival that brought together over 50 partners from culturally-distinct communities within and around San Jose is set for Year 2. Mosaic America, the Silicon Valley nonprofit organizer of the Mosaic Festival, in partnership with the School of Arts and Culture, welcomed approximately 1500 people into East San Jose on October 2nd with a day of performances, art, food, and movement.
At the center of Silicon Valley is San José, and its heart is the people who live here, who give it life. San José has been described as a “bedroom community” to other neighboring towns that seat companies like Facebook, Apple, Netflix, Google. The sprawling city may house a great number of the workers who fuel those companies, but to those who know, it is a vibrant city that is rooted in community. There is no better place to learn more about San José than the School of Arts & Culture at The Mexican Heritage Plaza, the location of the first Mosaic Festival.