San Jose Museum of Art Association

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aka SJMA   |   San Jose, CA   |  www.SanJoseMuseumofArt.org

Mission

The San Jose Museum of Art reflects the diverse cultures and innovative spirit of Silicon Valley. Through its exhibitions, educational programs, scholarship, and collections, SJMA connects the present and the past and the art of the West Coast and the world. The Museum fosters awareness of artists' broad contributions to society: it engages with the art of our time and the vitality of the creative process.

Ruling year info

1970

Oshman Executive Director

Ms. Susan Sayre Batton

Main address

110 S Market St

San Jose, CA 95113 USA

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EIN

23-7062028

NTEE code info

Art Museums (A51)

Arts Education/Schools (A25)

IRS filing requirement

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Our programs

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Exhibitions, Education, and Public Programs

A downtown anchor institution, the San José Museum of Art (SJMA) is the premier modern and contemporary art museum in Silicon Valley.  Its dynamic program, which balances socially relevant traveling exhibitions with critically engaging shows drawn from a collection of 2600+ works, resonates with defining characteristics of San José and the Silicon Valley—from its rich diversity to its hallmark innovative ethos. Projects touch on timely topics from migration and identity to artificial intelligence and include significant original and touring exhibitions by both nationally and internationally acclaimed artists and emerging and under-recognized practitioners. SJMA supports its exhibition program with substantial arts education and outreach efforts, a strong commitment to community partnership, and a core commitment to nurturing a sense of belonging and welcome for all members of the racially, ethnically, and linguistically diverse community.

Population(s) Served
Adults
Children and youth

Where we work

Accreditations

American Association of Museums - 10 Year Accreditation 2000

American Association of Museums - 10 Year Accreditation 2013

Awards

MUSE award, Extended Experience 2007

American Association of Museums Technology Committee

MUSE award, gold, Public Relations and Development 2009

American Association of Museums Technology Committee

Superintendent’s Award for Excellence in Museum Education 2017

California Association of Museums

Cornerstone of the Arts Award | Creative Impact Award 2018

City of San Jose

Silver Winner, Education and Discovery Category 2021

The Telly Awards

Affiliations & memberships

American Association of Museums - Member 2010

American Alliance of Museums-Member 2021

American Association of Museum Directors- Member 2021

Our results

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

How does this organization measure their results? It's a hard question but an important one.

Total number of paid admissions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups

Related Program

Exhibitions, Education, and Public Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Decreasing

Context Notes

Numbers are listed by fiscal year. In 2019 SJMA began offering free admission to youth, students, and teachers. Fy20 and FY21 numbers are impacted by COVID closures.

Total number of free admissions

This metric is no longer tracked.
Totals By Year
Population(s) Served

Age groups

Related Program

Exhibitions, Education, and Public Programs

Type of Metric

Output - describing our activities and reach

Direction of Success

Increasing

Context Notes

Numbers are reported by fiscal year. In FY19 SJMA became free for youth, students, and teachers. FY20 and 21 numbers are impacted by COVID closures.

Goals & Strategy

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Learn about the organization's key goals, strategies, capabilities, and progress.

Charting impact

Four powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

SJMA's 2018-2022 strategic plan calls for it to be a "borderless institution essential to creative life throughout the diverse communities of San Jose and Silicon Valley." This overarching strategic goal is supported by three objectives: 1) To develop a far-reaching creative presence throughout San Jose and Silicon Valley; 2) To rewrite the conventions of how Museums operate; and 3) To approach and fundraising and philanthropy with imagination and ambition.

Objective 1 is supported by the following strategies: 1) Explore the ideas and technology at the intersection of the art and innovation communities; 2) Nurture strong, ongoing relationships with community partners and integrate them in program development. 3) Broaden the physical and virtual impact of SJMA experiences; 4) Strategy D: Engage the public in creative and experimental processes .
Objective 2 is supported by the following strategies: 1) Commit urgently to being accessible and welcoming for all audiences across our majority-minority community 2) Collaborate with creative individuals and organizations to solve critical issues in and around SJMA; 3)Build a non-hierarchical culture of knowledge-sharing, listening, and support; 4) Treat recruitment and retention as vital Museum responsibilities
Objective 3 is supported by the following strategies: 1) Develop a multi-year fundraising plan that makes a compelling case for general operating support, emphasizes SJMA’s creation of new models for cultural participation, or highlights SJMA as problem solver; 2) Deepen relationships with Museum supporters, rooted in a reciprocal, rewarding, and unique approach; 3) Connect to powerful advocates—individual, institutional, and corporate—who share the Museum’s values and goals

How we listen

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

Seeking feedback from people served makes programs more responsive and effective. Here’s how this organization is listening.

done We demonstrated a willingness to learn more by reviewing resources about feedback practice.
done We shared information about our current feedback practices.
  • Who are the people you serve with your mission?

    SJMA regularly serves over 100,000 people per year through public programs, on- and off-site education and outreach.  The largest provider of in-school arts education in Santa Clara County, it typically serves more than 45,000 school children annually through on-site programs including field trips and summer art camp and classroom-based programs ranging from free docent-led arts-appreciation lessons, to multi-week art-making courses aligned with state curricular standards in core subjects. On-site the Museum serves a demographically diverse audience that is 52% Caucasian, 26% Asian, 20% Hispanic, and 2% African American. 20% of the Museum’s general attendance is college students.

  • How is your organization collecting feedback from the people you serve?

    Electronic surveys (by email, tablet, etc.), Constituent (client or resident, etc.) advisory committees, Suggestion box/email,

  • How is your organization using feedback from the people you serve?

    To identify and remedy poor client service experiences, To identify bright spots and enhance positive service experiences, To make fundamental changes to our programs and/or operations, To inform the development of new programs/projects, To identify where we are less inclusive or equitable across demographic groups, To strengthen relationships with the people we serve, To understand people's needs and how we can help them achieve their goals,

  • What significant change resulted from feedback?

    SJMA serves both teachers and students as core audiences. Since 2013 SJMA has been developing a STEAM (Science, Technology, Engineering, Art, Math) program for upper elementary school students that integrates hands-on arts activities into core classroom curricular standards. The program was originally developed as a ten-week program with fixed subject matter: art and science for third grade, art and math for fourth grade, art and engineering for fifth grade. After receiving feedback from teachers through both formal professional evaluation, surveys, and informal outreach that ten weeks was a challenging length to fit into the school year, the Museum has adjusted to now offer a flexible curriculum customizable by both length and mix of subject matter.

  • With whom is the organization sharing feedback?

    Our staff, Our board, Our funders,

  • How has asking for feedback from the people you serve changed your relationship?

    Specific outreach and feedback mechanisms with teachers in particular has encouraged closer relationships with the Museum and a growing sense that the Museum is part of the educational community in our region. SJMA has launched a K-12 teacher advisory committee and an education newsletter aimed at teachers that supports this growing effort. In gallery, the Museum also supplements exhibitions with interpretation spaces designed to inspire publicly shared reactions to the work on view with a community of gallery-goers. The Museum assesses the effectiveness of these programs and makes adjustments for future projects.

  • Which of the following feedback practices does your organization routinely carry out?

    We collect feedback from the people we serve at least annually, We take steps to ensure people feel comfortable being honest with us, We engage the people who provide feedback in looking for ways we can improve in response, We act on the feedback we receive,

  • What challenges does the organization face when collecting feedback?

    It is difficult to get the people we serve to respond to requests for feedback, Staff find it hard to prioritize feedback collection and review due to lack of time,

Financials

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Operations

The people, governance practices, and partners that make the organization tick.

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San Jose Museum of Art Association

Board of directors
as of 1/3/2022
SOURCE: Self-reported by organization
Board chair

Glenda Dorchak

GMD Enterprises

Term: 2020 - 2023

Peter W Lipman

Research Geologist (emeritus), U.S. Geological Survey

William Faulkner

Attorney at Law, Co-Founder and Partner, McManis Faulkner

Peter Cross

Community Volunteer, Engineer (Retired)

Tad Freese

Attorney at law. Partner, Latham & Watkins

Cornelia Pendleton

CFO, University Art

Hildy Shandell

COO, Numescent

Richard Karp

Director, Novatel Wireless Inc.

Sarah North

Partner, KPMG LLP

Kimberly Lin

Community Volunteer

Robert Lindo

General Counsel, Casino M8trix

Jeannine Jacobsen

Executive Vice President, COO, Technology Credit Union

Jeannie Pedroza

Community Volunteer; Delegate Trustee, Store Guild

Susan Curtin

Community Volunteer; Delegate Trustee, Let's Look at Art

Anneke Dury

Community Volunteer; Director, Focus Business Bank

Chandra Gnanasambandam

Senior Partner, McKinsey & Company

Cole Harrell

Founder, Harrell Fine Art

Tammy Kiely

Co-head of Technology, Media, and Telecom Investment Booking Services, Goldman Sachs

Leah Read

Community Volunteer; Delegate Trustee, Docent Council

Claudia Hess

Founder, Hess Art Advisory

Lori Kershner

Owner, L Kershner Design

Wanda Kownacki

Former Healthcare Executive, Community Leader

Kimberly Lin

Community Volunteer

Board leadership practices

SOURCE: Self-reported by organization

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  • Board orientation and education
    Does the board conduct a formal orientation for new board members and require all board members to sign a written agreement regarding their roles, responsibilities, and expectations? Yes
  • CEO oversight
    Has the board conducted a formal, written assessment of the chief executive within the past year ? Yes
  • Ethics and transparency
    Have the board and senior staff reviewed the conflict-of-interest policy and completed and signed disclosure statements in the past year? Yes
  • Board composition
    Does the board ensure an inclusive board member recruitment process that results in diversity of thought and leadership? Yes
  • Board performance
    Has the board conducted a formal, written self-assessment of its performance within the past three years? Yes

Organizational demographics

SOURCE: Self-reported; last updated 12/17/2021

Who works and leads organizations that serve our diverse communities? GuideStar partnered on this section with CHANGE Philanthropy and Equity in the Center.

Leadership

The organization's leader identifies as:

Race & ethnicity
White/Caucasian/European
Gender identity
Female, Not transgender (cisgender)
Sexual orientation
Gay, Lesbian, Bisexual, or other sexual orientations in the LGBTQIA+ community
Disability status
Person without a disability

Race & ethnicity

Gender identity

 

Sexual orientation

No data

Disability

No data

Equity strategies

Last updated: 01/03/2022

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Data
  • We ask team members to identify racial disparities in their programs and / or portfolios.
  • We employ non-traditional ways of gathering feedback on programs and trainings, which may include interviews, roundtables, and external reviews with/by community stakeholders.
  • We have long-term strategic plans and measurable goals for creating a culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.
Policies and processes
  • We use a vetting process to identify vendors and partners that share our commitment to race equity.
  • We seek individuals from various race backgrounds for board and executive director/CEO positions within our organization.
  • We help senior leadership understand how to be inclusive leaders with learning approaches that emphasize reflection, iteration, and adaptability.
  • We engage everyone, from the board to staff levels of the organization, in race equity work and ensure that individuals understand their roles in creating culture such that one’s race identity has no influence on how they fare within the organization.