Art on the Grounds Festival:

Threads: Weaving Humanity

Friday, July 19, 2019, 6PM - 9PM

VENUE: Park Grounds

Free shuttle service available from West Valley College, Lot 1. Click here for more info about parking at West Valley.

RELATED EXHIBITION: Threads: Weaving Humanity

Threads: Weaving Humanity
Photo: Isaiah Plaza


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Montalvo Arts Center and the Lucas Artists Program are excited to invite you to join us in a celebration of humanity. Together, we will become a living tapestry. 

Threads: Weaving Humanity features four newly commissioned works of textile by five artists, each of whom is recognized for their role in redefining fiber arts. All of these works were created to provide opportunities for contemplation, consideration and conversation on what our shared humanity means, and what is necessary for humanity to thrive… this includes kindness, compassion, integrity, respect, empathy, forgiveness, and self-reflection.

Highly sensitive to the elements, fiber works are traditionally displayed inside carefully controlled environments of galleries and museums. Serving as an analogy for our human vulnerability, Threads: Weaving Humanity places these works outdoors where we can witness and appreciate the fragility as well as the resilience of the materials as they interact with the natural surroundings.



Food & Drink

Enjoy tasty fare from Oaxacan Grill, Pita & Salt, Gold Rush Eatery in Sobrato Circle. Snack & Beverage Bars: Wine, beer, soda, and water, plus ice cream, candy, and popcorn are available for purchase in the Italianate Garden and on the Veranda.

Free Montalvo Shuttles

Run approximately every 15 minutes from West Valley College (Parking Lot 1) and Montalvo Arts Center. Final shuttle of the evening departs Montalvo at 9:30pm.

Artist Merchandise

Available for purchase in the Historic Villa.


  • 6–7:30pm: Ongoing Activities
    • In the Italianate Garden:
      • Join a drum circle with Oriki Theater
    • On the Great Lawn:
      • Create percussion sticks and dance with Xpressions
      • Have a Crochet Jam with Ramekon O’Arwisters
      • Enjoy face painting with the National Charity League
      • Engage with dancers from Calpulli Tonalehqueh
    • On the Veranda:
      • See a drumming demonstration with San Jose Taiko
    • In the Historic Villa:
      • Learn creative sewing with the Montalvo Service Group
    • In the Oval Garden:
      • Origami plus dance and harp demonstrations with International Performing Arts of America presenting Yang Yang Dance On the Garden Terrace
      • Activate the space with Lucas Artists Fellows Fernando Vigueras and Daniel Godinez Nivon
  • 7:15pm: Reading by Lucas Artists Fellow and Poet Yona Harvey (Garden Terrace)
  • 7:30pm: String Installation + Performance by Lucas Artists Fellow Johannes Bergmark (Garden Terrace)
  • 7:45pm: Join us on the Great Lawn for a sensational end to the evening: Land Acknowledgement with Charlene Eigen-Vasquez, an array of performances, and Mosaic Montalvo!

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