Cupertino residents have access to a wealth of cultural events and the arts right here in our own community, including a number of very talented artists and performers.
Fine Arts Grants
The Cupertino City Council authorizes the Fine Arts Commission to disseminate funds to individuals or organizations. A total of $15,000 is available annually for fine arts grants. Some of these funds are granted to the Euphrat Museum of Art on the DeAnza College Campus for their use in the museum and the Arts in Schools program. The remaining funds are granted to individual artists and art organizations during a grant cycle that occurs twice each year.
Proposals are evaluated on whether they serve a wide range of Cupertino citizens or groups not already served. Other evaluation criteria include how the grant would extend the range of fine arts activitys in the community and how it would encourage diverse programs based on the needs and interests of Cupertino residents. All proposals must contain provisions for measuring success and financial accountability.
Distinguished Artist of the Year
This non-monetary award recognizes excellence in the arts. Artists who live in Cupertino or practice their art in this community may be considered. The deadline for nominations is mid-May of each year, and a plaque is presented each fall at one of the performances of Free Shakespeare in the Park. Although there is no cash prize awarded, there are typically stories in the local news media and the City's monthly newsletter, the Cupertino Scene.
Cupertino is justifiably proud of our local artists
Complete list of the Distinguised Artist Award Winners.
As a part of the city's Heart of the City Specific Plan, the intersection of Stevens Creek and DeAnza Boulevards was selected as the location for a small park area and public art.
Below is an aerial photograph of crossroads area of Stevens Creek and DeAnza Boulevards in Cupertino. This picture is facing towards the south, and the Four Seasons Corner is the brighter green square at the top, left-hand side of the intersection. The city will be considering a proposal for a hotel and apartments to fill in the areas surrounding the small park site.
Other public art in Cupertino includes the following:
- The Cupertino Library, 10400 Torre Avenue, features a fountain and a large, stylized sculpture of a morion (a Conquistador's helmet). The morion is also the logo of the City, and a copy of this sculpture is displayed in Cupertino's Sister City of Toyokawa, Japan.
- Cupertino City Hall has two beautiful murals in the main lobby. One is titled The Cupertino Mural by T. Scott Sayre and is a historical mural depicting Cupertino's past and present. The other is a watercolor on rice paper titled "Spring in Cupertino" by Zhun Wang Zhao.
- The Cupertino City Center complex near the intersection of Stevens Creek and DeAnza Boulevards features a circular fountain at the base of the twin towers.
- The Whole Foods Market on Stevens Creek Boulevard features three small historical panels on the exterior wall of the building facing the parking lot.
- The Quinlan Community Center features original paintings by the Fine Arts League of Cupertino. The community center is at 10185 North Stelling Road. For more information, or to view samples of their work, visit the FALC website
Last updated: 7/21/2008 1:31:57 AM