The Sally and Don Lucas Artists Programs opened in the fall of 2004 within the larger Montalvo Arts Center. Built on the site of an old orchard, the complex was designed by six teams of artist and architect who together created ten discipline-specific live-and-work studios and one Commons building. The Lucas Artists Programs foster temporary communities of highly motivated, talented, committed, creative and critical minds from a range of disciplines and from different parts of the globe. Artists and thinkers are invited to work and reside in the Programs?? residency complex for a period of three months, during which time they work on a project, develop ideas, engage in creative thought and discussion with each other and in critical reflection on the world around us, develop collaborations, and otherwise advance their art and scholarship in myriad ways. Collaboration and network development form key emphases of the Programs, whether in the form of fellows working with each other, with Silicon Valley industry, with Montalvo??s other departments, or through ties with Bay Area, national, and international arts, cultural, and academic institutions. The Lucas Artists Programs additionally sponsors conferences, colloquia, and other gatherings and special events, locally, nationally, and internationally.
MontalvoÂ??s artist residency program, the third oldest in the US and the oldest on the West Coast, was established in 1939 as a result Senator James Duval Phelan??s bequest of his estate (an Italian-style villa and 175 acres) for the development of art, music, literature and architecture. The program closed down in 1998 for six years during which time new facilities were built and a new program structured.
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