We the People

Art on the Grounds Opening Festival

Friday, July 20, 2018, 6:30PM - 10PM

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: Art on the Grounds: New Commissions 2018

Sergio De La Torre
Cathy Linh Che
Photo: Margarita Corporan
Neil Leonard
Marila Dardot
Maria Magdalena Campos-Pons
Cintia Santana
Jennifer Johns
Willie Perdomo
Julian Talamantez Brolaski
Byron Au Yong
Hans Tammen
Howard Hersh


We the People is an invitation for the Bay Area community to come together with artists to collectively consider: How can we expand our understanding of “we” and imagine new, more inclusive ways of being together? Gourmet food trucks will also be part of the evening. 

Limited on-site parking is available. Take a free shuttle from West Valley College to the event!

LISTEN to poetry, music, and live performance by award-winning artists Willie Perdomo, Julian Talamantez Brolaski, Neil Leonard, Ramón “Sandy” Garcia Pérez, Cintia Santana, Cathy Linh Che, Jennifer Johns, and Hans Tammen.

EXPLORE three newly-commissioned works for Montalvo’s grounds by Lucas Artists Fellows María Magdalena Campos-Pons, Marilá Dardot, and Howard Hersh; all of which prompt timely conversations around processes of othering and the politics of belonging and home.

EXPERIENCE an interactive healing and transmutation ritual in which Jennifer Johns seeks to clear away our all-consuming fear by allowing us to look plainly at the violence African Americans experience. With love, song, and movement, she will replace that fear with collective agency and joy.

JOIN Byron Au Yong and Aaron Jafferis as they share their work on Activist Songbook, a collection culled from conversations with activists, agitators and other leaders in Philadelphia’s Asian and Asian American communities, and invite you the join them in a communal performance.

CREATE flags to represent a new shared community of “we” and crowd-source a new global constitution for a shared humanity that will be performed at the end of the evening.

PRINT your own poster at a drop in workshop with artists Chris Treggiari and Sergio de la Torre at their Sanctuary Print Shop, disseminating information on recently enacted immigration policies and how they impact our communities. 

In the lead-up to July 20, we are asking you to consider: Who is We to you?

Make a short selfie video in response to the following questions:

  • What does the concept of “We” mean to you?
  • Who is included (or should be included) in “We?” Who isn’t? 

Upload it to social media and tag it with #WhoIsWe #Wethepeople @montalvoarts.

Project Partners:

factr   Office of Immigrant Relations
  Santa Clara County Library District