Join the party at Montalvo June 27!

Added THU, JUN 19TH 2014

Rock the Garden
June 27


Join us for an explosion of fun on Friday, June 27, starting at 6pm as we kick off our summer Art on the Grounds with Rock the Garden, our biggest Final Friday Art Party of the year!

Featuring live music, food trucks, beer & wine, playful games, and participatory art works, this will be Montalvo at its summer best!

Artists from the Lucas Artists Residency Program will be on hand bringing their pieces to life: Terry Berlier's acoustic sculptures will be 'played' by Chris ChafeLuciano Chessa and Ellen Fullman; Ana Gallardo and her dance collaborators will get visitors on their feet with a Cuban dancing style called danzón; Miguel Arzabe will organize games on the lawn, including the entertaining FACEBALL; and Michael Hall will challenge those who are bold enough to compete in an obstacle course—of art.
Rock the Garden!
All the while, you'll be enjoying an evening on Montalvo's beautiful grounds! Grab some beer, wine, and food from Oaxacan Kitchen, Whisk on Wheels, or MoBowl, plus dessert from Rocko's Ice Cream Tacos. Try to snag a seat at Kenny Scharf's Pikaboom (pictured above), which is more than just a strikingly cartoonish work of art: it's also a picnic table!

Admission is FREE! Visitors are encouraged to RSVP here or on our Facebook Page.

Please consider carpooling, and arrive early, as parking may fill up.

We hope to see you there!


June 19, 2014

Montalvo is a member-supported
non-profit organization
dedicated to the arts.

Summer Camps
get social!

Summer Camps!
Photo: Michele Guieu

Week two of our wonderful Summer Camps has been a smashing success, and we've got plenty more ahead for kids this summer. If you have a child in camp, you already know how much fun they're having!

The good news is that you can keep up to date on what's happening in camp all summer long by adding us on your favorite social media channel:

Our Facebook photo album will be updated throughout each week of camp. You can also follow us on Instagram for great pictures from every camp. Finally, our Twitter feed is full of updates - not only about camps, but also about other news, from arts events to concerts to quirky things we're interested in (for all things camp, search #montalvocamps on either Instagram or Twitter).

Need to sign your child up for a last-minute camp next week? If you register for Rhythm & Revelry: The Arts of West Africa, you'll be able to sign up for The Big Picture: Collaborative Mural-Making for FREE! Just sign up through our Ultracamp system and your discount will automatically be applied.



Dance on the Great Lawn
with danzón workshops
June 28 - July 3


Learn how to danzón with artist Ana Gallardo and dancers Concepcion Marvan PaleHilda Jimenez Cruz, and Ofelia Martinez in a series of FREE open workshops taking place on an amazing dance floor built on Montalvo's Great Lawn! 

These workshops begin on Saturday, June 28, and continue through Thursday, July 3. Two sessions are offered most days (click here for the complete schedule); all ages and experience levels are welcome, so don't be shy: just come and dance!

Originally from Cuba, danzón is very popular in Mexico, especially in the main public plazas of Mexico City, Oaxaca, and Veracruz. In the 1990s, danzón had an important revival among Mexico’s senior citizens.

Offered as part of her work A Place to Live When We Are Old, Gallardo and her collaborators seek to recreate the sense of community found among these amateur dancers.
The dance floor on the Great Lawn acts as a space in which to model and explore hope, community, play, and interconnectness.


The project is generously supported by the Consulate General of Mexico, San Jose, AeroMexico, Bay Area Canvas & Awning, and Brandon Pharr.


at a glance:

Fri, June 27, 6pm
Rock the Garden: Art on the Grounds Opening & Final Friday Art Party

June 28 - July 3, various times
Danzon Open Dance Workshops

Sundays & Tuesdays, 10am

Docent-Guided Villa & Grounds Tours

Wednesdays, July-August

Summer Luncheons




June 27 - October 31
Fun & Games


Rhythm & Revelry: The Arts of West Africa

You Rock! Make Your Own Music Video FULL!
Engineered Art: Building Kinetic Sculpture
Fortitude: Build Your Own Fort FULL!
The Big Picture: Collaborative Mural-Making


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Sunday, September 7, 4:30pm 
Club Montalvo: A Gala Night in Havana