2020 NEWS
Iride Aparicio


Photos courtesy: Friends of Levitt Pavilion San José

SILICON VALLEY, CA -- Spring, marked a major milestone in our journey towards a music stage at St. James Park with the release of the Draft Environmental Impact Report (DEIR) for a proposed project that would revitalize San James Park including the development of the proposed LEVITT PAVILLION.

"The DEIR identifies the potential impacts related to noise and historic resources. There are mitigations proposed and we will continue to work with the City and the community to resolve concerns and allow the project to move forward," said the Friends of Levitt Pavilion San José. PUBLIC HEARING and the final DEIR on issues related to St. James Park are scheduled for September and October (tentatively)/



Native of San José, CARLOS VELÁZQUEZ, has been a member of the LEVITT Board since 2017. He also had led the communications for a variety of arts, humanities and environmental organizations in the city, including Silicon Valley Bicycle Coalition, Illinois Humanities and Teatro Visión for several years. He is alum of the NATIONAL ASSOCIATION FOR LATINO ARTS AND CULTURE (NALAC) and Leadership and Advocacy Leadership Institutes, as well as the Multicultural Artists Leadership Institute (MALI) in San José, and cohost of the ART BOUTIKI DRINK and DRAW, a free, monthly social drawing night, for all ages, held in San José. When asked where does his interest to build a music venue in James Park come from he says:

"I am a big history buff, and love exploring and learning about my hometown and its complicated history. St. James Park is a prominent part of San José history and a venue like this will allow more of us to learn about and engage with out history and significance. I also love the idea of bringing people together through live music.

What is his background in music?

"I collect 60's everything, including vinyl records. The last two years I have enjoyed playing them at the FREE, all-ages monthly Art Boutiki Drink and Draw on South First Street. Their commitment to a no-frills, humble, grass roots and all-ages venue is an inspiration for the kind of space and environment I'd like to foster at LEVITT PAVILLION SAN JOSÉ."

How does he see the LEVITT utilized?
"I'd like to see LEVITT SAN JOSE foremost be a resource for local artists to hone their craft under a professional concert venue and for all of San José to have a place to gather and have fun. If we make this venue truly accessible, we would have enough talent and creativity to a year's slate of performances."

If there was one thing that you would like people to remember about the proposed Pavilion, what would it be?

"Yes. That if we work together to make this a park and venue for all, we'll make San José History."


The Friends of LEVITT SAN JOSÉ mourn the recent loss of local philanthropist and arts advocate CARMEN CASTELLANO.  As president of the CASTELLANO FAMILY FOUNDATION, she supported many of our favorite arts organization such as SAN JOSE JAZZ, CINEQUEST, TEATRO VISION and LOS LUPEÑOS de SAN JOSÉ. But above Her support, her life-long advocacy for equity in philanthropy, diversity on boards, and social change, here in SANTA CLARA VALLEY will be her legacy. Her work and values are remembered by our Board, and will influence our work to create an exclusive space that supports and celebrates our local artists.

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