April 30


Imagine tomorrow. Make a wish for the future and share it whatever form you choose.

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As we imagine a new future, join today’s partner, San Jose Jazz, and composer Oran Etkin on International Jazz Day for the premiere of the San Jose edition of the “Open Arms" project, an international music collaboration. The free performance streams live from the new SJZ Break Room venue on April 30 at 7:30 pm. For more information visit sanjosejazz.org @sanjosejazz  

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April 29

Collective Creation

Create with a friend. Don't let distance stand in the way. Start a drawing, poem, or song and invite your friend to finish by tagging them.

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Learn about other collaborations and join today’s partner, the Natalie and James Thompson Gallery at San Jose State, for an online conversation with the co-founders of People's Kitchen Collective, a food-centered political education project. The webinar begins at 5:30 pm on April 29. Get more information at  sjsu.edu/thompsongallery @sjsuartgalleries 

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April 28

Time Capsule

Send a message through time. Share an object that's a blast from the past or captures the current moment.

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Today's partner, City Lights Theater Company, has captured the current moment by transforming their new play festival, "Lights Up," into a podcast series...for the second year in a row! Listen to episodes at cltc.org/filament or wherever you listen to podcasts @citylightstheater @citylights  

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April 27


Where will you take us? Tell a story with a single sentence, image, sound, or movement.

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Learn more about the art of storytelling, join today's partner, Teatro Visión, for the weekly Friday night "La Hora del Mitote" live-streamed conversation series with creative voices from the Bay Area and beyond. teatrovision.org @teatrovision @teatro_vision

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April 26

In the Moment

Take a moment to Stop. Listen. Look around. Connect with what you see, hear, or feel right now. Then share it in any way that moves you.

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Being in the moment is a key improvisational theatre technique that strengthens your adaptive abilities. Today's partner, Red Ladder Theatre Company, engages the community's creativity through improvisational theatre as a way to build positive life skills. Learn about their life changing work at redladder.org @redladdertheatrecompany @redladdertheatre @redladderco

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April 25

Shake It

Shake it up, shake it out. Get the energy going in your fingers and toes. Show us how you shake it!

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See how today's partner, New Ballet, is shaking up ballet. Stream "Fast Forward" the New Ballet's emerging choreographers showcase. Learn more about programs and classes at newballet.com @newballetsanjose @newballet.sanjose

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April 24

Great Outdoors-Catch Up

Get outside and get creative! Pick your favorite prompts from the week and share your response.

Share your response using the hashtag #WeCreate408 on your favorite social media platform.  (You can also email us at wecreate408@sanjoseca.gov if you aren't on social media or if your account is private.)  

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April 23

Park It

Slow down and smell the roses. Visit your favorite park and draw outdoors, take some photos, or wiggle your toes in the grass.

Looking for more ways to get creative?

Maybe you can write a letter? Take your inspiration from today's partner, Silicon Valley Shakespeare, and their online show The “Dear Will” Letters, a lively romantic comedy written by local artist Doll Piccotto, in which some of Shakespeare’s most beloved characters seek relationship advice from the Bard himself. Combining live performances with pre-recorded scenes filmed on location at Sanborn Park, this is a unique entertainment event the whole family will enjoy! Learn more at svshakespeare.org @SVShakes @siliconvalleyshakespeare

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April 22

Earth Day

Reduce. Reuse. Recycle. What can you create? Repurpose materials to make something new.

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Check out the video by today's partner, the Children's Discovery Museum, to how to create a dragon out of recycled materials. Learn more at cdm.org/wecreate408/ @childrensdiscoverymuseum #WeCreate408 

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April 21

Green Thumb

Are you a proud plant parent? Get inspired today and show off the fruits of your labor. Tag a friend and maybe you'll get a flower in return.

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Let @veggielution inspire your green thumb by taking coffee compost to the garden.  Also, check out the Hella Gardens murals downtown by artists from @localcolor. All brought to you with support from today's partner, the San Jose Downtown Association.  sjdowntown.com  @sjdowntown  

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April 20


Put a spring in your step! Dust off the winter blues and take a walk. Share your favorite spring colors as you go.

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Capture the colors of spring at the Heritage Rose Garden with today's partner, the Guadalupe River Park Conservancy. Learn more at grpg.org @grpg @guadaluperiverparkconservancy @GuadalupeConservancy

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April 19


Express your wild side! Put on your favorite animal print or howl at the moon. Get your animal pals in on the fun and create something wild.

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Check out the wildly creative Bay Area choreographers featured in the virtual Spring Dance Festival by today’s partner, sjDanceCo, from April 19 - 25. For more information visit sjdanceco.org @sjdanceco

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April 18

Natural Wonder

Let nature inspire you! What unique features do you see in nature that could be applied to inventions for humans? Share your nature inspired creation.

Looking for more ways to get creative?

Download the at-home activity, "Biomimicry Mash-Up," from today's partner, the Tech Interactive. Use a natural organism's special features to design a new human object. Then sketch or design your new biomimicry mash-up! Learn more at thetechathome.org @TheTechInteractive 

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April 17

Good Vibes-Catch Up

It’s the weekend and all good vibes! It’s the perfect time to get creative by completing one or more of the prompts from last week.  

Share your response using the hashtag #WeCreate408 on your favorite social media platform.  (You can also email us at wecreate408@sanjoseca.gov if you aren't on social media or if your account is private.)  

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April 16

 Mental Medicine

Creativity activates healing. What practice has been healing for you this year?

Looking for more ways to get creative?

Playing an instrument promotes health and happiness. Learn more about Chinese and Western instruments and browse the free online classes offered by today's partner, Aimusic School, at aimusic.us @aimusic.us

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April 15

Looking Good

How do you use fashion and clothing to voice your creative self? How has this changed during shelter-in-place? What item in your wardrobe makes you look and feel good? Tag your favorite sweater or handmade accessory; shout out your favorite designer.

Looking for more ways to get creative?

Make a mini paper wardrobe with today's partner, San José Museum of Quilts and Textiles. (Tiny jackets!? yes, please.) Find instructions for this and other fun at-home textile projects at sjquiltmuseum.org/makerspace @sjmqt 

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April 14

Tune Up

Whistle while you work, sing in the shower. What song makes you smile? Sing it, draw it, share it. Tag your friends and make them happy too.

Looking for more?

Really like to belt it out? Stream "Love & Secrets: A Domestic Trilogy," the latest virtual performance by today's partner, Opera San José, and join them for the VIP Cast Party on April 15. operasj.org @operasanjose

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April 13

Happy Dance

Got that wiggle you can't contain? Time to bust a move! Show us your happy dance.

Looking for more ways to get creative?

Today's partner, Chinese Performing Arts of America (CPAA), invites you to dance with them. Learn more at cpaasv.org @cpaasv 

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April 12

Comfort Food

What's the food that warms your heart when you need some cheer or just want to celebrate? Share how you get creative in the kitchen!

Looking for more ways to get creative?

Join today's partner, Chopsticks Alley Art, every Wednesday for 15-minute lunchtime meditation and vegetarian recipes to comfort the mind and body. Chopsticksalleyart.org @chopsticksalleyart  

April 11


Share your joy! What symbolizes joy to you?

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Experience the joy and healing energy of music with today's partner Lifeforce Jazz at lifeforcejazz.com @LifeForceJazz  

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April 10

Celebrate 408-Catch Up

Miss a day or few? Don't worry! Everyday is a great day to celebrate 408. Pick your favorite prompt from the week and share your response.

Share your response using the hashtag #WeCreate408 on your favorite social media platform.  (You can also email us at wecreate408@sanjoseca.gov if you aren't on social media or if your account is private.)  

Looking for more?

Celebrate 408 by signing up for a free subscription to Eastside Magazine for stories highlighting the rich legacy and cultural vibrancy of East San José. Learn more at kooltura.com/magazine-landing @koolturamarketing @eastsidemag

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April 9

Picture This

Share a picture of or vision for San José --from the past, present, or future.

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Enjoy performances, videos and online talks with local Latinx artists from your living room with today's partner, MACLA/Movimiento de Arte y Cultura Latino Americana, at maclaarte.org @macla_sanjose

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April 8

Connect the Dots

Community connects us through shared histories, experiences, and interests. Share what connects you and tag your connections.

Looking for more ways to get creative?

Join us tonight for the WeCreate408 live kickoff event featuring creative conversation, poetry and art-making workshops, as well as opportunities to learn about all our creative partners. Register at https://hopin.com/events/wecreate-408

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April 7

Sounds of San José

What sounds or song reminds you of San José ? Capture it, sing it, write it, share it.

Looking for more?

Discover a new soundtrack for San José with today's partner, San José Chamber Orchestra. Learn more at sjco.org @sanjosechamberorchestra

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April 6

Cultural Creation

What cultural tradition do you love sharing with others? Express it in whatever way you wish.

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Create new traditions with today's partner, School of Arts and Culture at Mexican Heritage Plaza. Check out online offerings, from music classes to professional development at schoolofartsandculture.org @schoolatmhp 

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April 5

Mural Monday

Take a picture of your favorite mural in San José or propose your own.

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Check out the latest San José murals by local and international artists produced by today's partner, POW! WOW! San José, at powwowsanjose.com @powwowsanjose

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April 4

San José Abstract

Share your unique perspective. Post an image of your favorite San José landmark or icon from a different angle.

Looking for more ways to get creative?

Get the inside perspective on Silicon Valley's creativity community with today's partner, Content Magazine. Check out the latest issue online at content-magazine.com @contentmag

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April 3

Hidden Talent

Do you have a secret creative superpower? Share a talent or hobby that you unleashed in the past year.

Looking for more ways to get creative?

Today's partner, Vivace Youth Chorus of San José, invites young people ages 4 to 18 to discover their musical talents. Visit vivaceyouthchorus.org to learn more. @vivaceyouthchorus

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April 2

Big Dreams

Let's make it happen! It all starts with a dream. Show us what your dreams look like.

Looking for more ways to get creative?

Check out creativity around town. Today's partner, the School of Visual Philosophy, invites you to visit the "Safely Social" exhibition in their storefront windows and to check out their online classes at schoolofvisualphilosophy.com @schoolofvp  

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April 1 

Try It Out

The best way to start is to jump right in! Introduce yourself. Wave hello in whatever way you choose--a drawing, video, song, poem, or dance. Tag your friends an invite them to join you in the #WeCreate408 challenge.

Looking for more ways to get creative?

Join today's prompt partner, the San José Museum of Art, on April 10 for "Art 101: Writers Workshop" to explore poetry and the physical form. Learn more at sjmusart.org/calendar @sanjosemuseumofart

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