E-NEWSLETTER: NOVEMBER 2020
Inaugural Mural in Guadalupe River Art Walk Complete
POW! WOW! San Jose and Guadalupe River Park Conservancy have teamed up to bring the experience of a global public art movement into the Guadalupe River Park in downtown San Jose, creating the Guadalupe River Art Walk. Roan Victor, the first Artist-in-Residence, has completed her mural "Flow of Life" on the Woz Way over-crossing above the Park. The mural features flora and fauna from around the Park illustrated in bright, engaging colors.
 
“The imagery of a river turning into an arm, vice versa, in my proposal essentially represents the river flowing to give life.” Victor says about her mural concept. “Historically, I believe the river became a source of food and livelihood to the natives of the land; humans, wildlife and vegetation. And as we approach a changing climate, the river adapts and life keeps flowing. My intent is to provide a message of hope and a feeling of peace and tranquility by being surrounded by the beauty of nature.”

The Guadalupe River Park will act as a “nature studio,” hosting a series of Artist-in-Residencies over the course of a year to deliver the combined benefits of public art and parks. We are grateful for the support of the City of San Jose, Applied Materials, Kelly Moore Paints, and the Knight Foundation and for their commitment to arts, culture, and public space in San Jose. You can read more about the collaboration here in the Mercury News.
Reimagining the Civic Commons Survey
We want to know your thoughts on how public spaces could improve your neighborhood and city- specifically the River Park! This survey was created by graduate students at the SJSU Urban and Regional Planning Department, in partnership with the Knight Foundation, CommUniverCity, Guadalupe River Park Conservancy, and SPUR San Jose. Public input will help inform future plans and initiatives in and around the Guadalupe River Park area in downtown San Jose.

The deadline to take the survey is this Friday, November 20- it only takes a few minutes to complete, so click the link below to have your voice heard!
Spotlight on GRPC Public Programs Pivot
Reimagining the Civic Commons included us in an article about public programming pivots during COVID-19 and how these programs are helping to connect local communities during social distancing. Click here to read about how our wonderful and innovative Education Team brought Camp Guadalupe to kids virtually this summer.
Volunteer Highlights
Last Saturday, November 14th, our community partner South Bay Clean Creeks Coalition organized over sixty volunteers who were able to remove 7 tons of debris from the Guadalupe River at the St. John Street bridge in Arena Green.With the rainy season rapidly approaching, we are extremely grateful for the hard work volunteers put in to help keep the waterways and riparian environment clean.
Support the Conservancy and YOUR Guadalupe River Park
2020 has been a year of uncertainty, unusual experiences, and a multitude of Zoom meetings. We hope that, in spite of it all, you continue to consider the Conservancy as part of our annual giving this year. Parks continue to be vital to our physical and mental well-being as we navigate a changed world.

Please consider clicking the link below to donate online.
You can also mail us a check at 438 Coleman Avenue, San Jose, CA 95110.
VTA is creating a bike super highway- creating a fun, uninterrupted, connected and comfortable cycling route from Santa Clara to North San José. Tell them what you like (and don’t like) about biking between Santa Clara and North San Jose in the Central Bikeway survey and online mapping tool.

Please click here to complete the survey by Monday, November 23.
Catalyze SV is hosting a community visioning workshop for artists and creatives to share their thoughts on the developments in the Diridon Station Area. The area west of Downtown San Jose is expected to change a lot in the next decade. These changes will affect all residents of San Jose.

Register here by 12pm on Saturday, November 21 to receive the Zoom link for the workshop.
Santa Clara County has moved back to the Purple Tier as of November 17, 2020. While other businesses will close in this more restrictive tier, the River Park remains open during this time.

Continue to wear a mask, limit your contact with others, keep your distance from anyone outside your household, and get tested.⁣ Click here for more information and testing sites.
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