We are thinking of you. We hope you and your loved ones are safe and healthy. And we hope you’ve been able to find moments of calm in this turbulent time.
Our society had already been grappling with incredibly difficult conversations around social isolation. Inspired by this, Montalvo launched a year-long program last fall entitled SOCIAL: Rethinking Loneliness Together. We sought to creatively examine themes of loneliness as well as what role digital connections play in our past and future.
No one could have predicted when we began this initiative that we would be socially distanced and sheltering in place by the springtime.
As hard as it has been to completely alter our way of life during these unparalleled times, I think there’s an unexpected blessing in the idea that, through isolating ourselves, we are actually coming together to create a safer environment for everyone.
Of course, that doesn’t make it easy—which is why we have to do all we can right now to cultivate and nourish our relationships with one another.
Here are some of the ways you can stay engaged with us:
- Join us in #socialARTsolation: In addition to serving artistic and cultural content daily, we’re examining how social distancing and isolation impact our creativity through #socialARTsolation. Watch for this hashtag on all of our social media channels and use it yourself to join the conversation.
- Donate: A donation of any size helps ensure Montalvo's survival amidst the overwhelming financial burden from cancelled or postponed events. We are also part of the AmazonSmile program, which allows you to donate a portion of the online purchases you already make.
- Visit: While all of our events and programs are currently on hold, Santa Clara County Parks are still open to the public, including Montalvo. Our gates are open from 9am-5pm and visitors are welcome to stroll the grounds, view our outdoor and sculptural art, hike, or just enjoy some fresh air. (Remember to keep 6 feet between you and other parties, and no picnics or gatherings are allowed, per County Park rules. Please also note our public restrooms are currently closed.)