Posted by Byron Rovegno
 
For Cupertino Rotary's program on October 30, Angela McConnell chief executive of Montalvo Arts Center gave a rousing program on the impact the arts can have in our lives.
 
For ten years McConnell has led Montalvo, a century old, international multidisciplinary arts center and artist residency located in Saratoga.   In this role, she has forged mutually beneficial strategic collaborations in the visual and performing arts, significantly increased the audience, tripled earned income, expanded education and outreach programs, stabilized the institution’s budget, established a permanent endowment, and built one of the strongest nonprofit Boards in Silicon Valley.
 
McConnell started by introducing her managing director, Kelly Hudson, and then rolled right into educating us.
 
Montalvo is:
  • a house built in 1912 by James Duval Phelan, a senator, supporter of Hetch Hetchy, suffrage, and the arts.
  • an estate including 175 acres that was donated by Phelan when he died in 1930 stipulating that it be used to promote art, literature, music and architecture
  • 6.1 miles from Cupertino, a local resource open to the public dedicated to the arts
  • the 3rd oldest artist’s residency in the country consisting of ten cottages where invitees selected by a jury of experts can spend three months in total however they like in up to a three year period.
  • a place sponsoring over thirty indoor concerts per year that are of every genre.
  • home to Sunset Cinema, free movie nights
  • host to Starry Starry Nights, free camping on the great lawn
  • host to many upcoming events including a Black Tie affair with Rene Fleming on 2/9/20.
Angela is passionate about the importance that access to and engagement in the arts and creativity has on individual well being and success. She sees art as playing a critical role in enhancing communities and society.
 
She believes as Thomas Merton said, “Art is where you find and lose yourself at the same time.”   She invited us all to do so at Montalvo.  See Montalvoarts.org to learn more.