Arts Action 21 (Sunnyvale, CA)


  • Name:Patricia Cheng

Organization Address

  • Organization Name:Arts Action 21
  • Address:990 Bellomo Avenue
    Sunnyvale, CA 94086
    United States

Organization Phone

  • Main phone:408-616-8942

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  • Mission:
  • Arts Action 21’s mission is to nurture a thriving arts community in the 21st century. The organization promotes arts activity and appreciation by organizing a celebration of National Arts and Humanities Month every October and by presenting emerging and established artists to the Silicon Valley community.

    Arts Action 21’s work has a special focus on live music performance and, specifically, the promotion of classical and contemporary music through performance, education and hands-on experiences. To further this aspect of its mission, Arts Action 21 has formed a new organization (Music Collage 21) that will provide music programs year-round in Santa Clara County and the greater Bay Area.

  • Overview:
  • Arts Action 21’s work strengthens the performing arts ecosystem throughout Santa Clara County. Its public performances and educational events provide growth opportunities for emerging and established performing artists, introduce young audiences to new art forms and bring attention to venues that have been historically under-utilized. Arts Action 21's work stimulates artistic creativity, cultivates new audiences for artistic work and brings high-quality programs to performance venues throughout the region.

  • History:
  • Arts Action 21 was founded in 2009, to support a subcommittee of the City of Mountain View Performing Arts Committee that organized a celebration of National Arts and Humanities Month for the City of Mountain View in October 2009.

    In 2010, with the support of grants from 1stACT Silicon Valley's Multicultural Arts Leadership Initiative, Arts Action 21 was able to take a lead role in the planning process and implementation of the 2010 National Arts and Humanities Month celebration. In close collaboration with the City of Mountain View Performing Arts Committee, Arts Action 21 produced "Sunday Arts Live" (a two-part performance series that explored multiculturalism and the arts) and an Arts Challenge (in which adults and children could qualify for prizes donated by seven local arts organizations). The events took place at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts and the Community School of Music and Arts, and featured local and regional performers in a variety of genres.

    In 2011, Arts Action 21 continued to develop its expertise as an independent organization and also established new working relationships with Contemporary Asian Theatre Scene, the Castellano Family Foundation and the School of Arts & Culture @MHP (Mexican Heritage Plaza). Arts Action 21 presented four events in October 2011 and extended the reach of its projects beyond the City of Mountain View. Its events showcased the creative process of integrating historic and contemporary influences, through performances in a variety of genres including multicultural art forms and classical piano and chamber music. The events were held at the Community School of Music and Arts, the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts and the School of Arts & Culture @MHP.

    In 2012, Arts Action 21 collaborated with the Fortnightly Music Club, to present a program of classical music at the Lucie Stern Community Center Ballroom in Palo Alto. It also initiated an educational outreach component of its work, by partnering with the School of Arts & Culture @MHP to provide an assembly to elementary school students from neighboring communities.

    In 2013, Arts Action 21 presented its fifth annual celebration of National Arts and Humanities Month with a concert at the Mountain View Center for the Performing Arts' SecondStage. The concert featured musicians Patricia Cheng, Kevin Jim, Monica Chew, David Saslav, Melissa Smith and Liane Sharp-Fuccio, in a program titled “A Silicon Valley Schubertiade”. Presented in collaboration with the Fortnightly Music Club, the event attracted a full house of over 200 attendees. All seats in the theater were filled, but some attendees stayed to watch and listen to the entire concert through the Center's closed circuit television system.

    Arts Action 21 has now established a track record of serving the Silicon Valley community by making high-quality arts programming accessible to audiences throughout the region. Arts Action 21’s programs not only enrich the cultural and intellectual lives of its audience members, but also support the development of artistic talent in Silicon Valley.

  • Year established:2009
  • Endowment:Unknown


  • Executive / Trustee board size:5
  • Advisory board size:5
  • Staff size:2

Board and Executive Names

  • Board Members / Trustees:
  • Patricia Cheng: musician/educator/arts administrator; Sunnyvale; 2009; Chair

    Steve Anderson: global entrepreneur/private investor/mentor/C-suite executive; Cupertino; 2013; Vice Chair

    Tamara Alvarado: arts administrator; San Jose; 2012; consulting on programming and marketing

    Omar Rodriguez: marketing/ design consultant; Hayward; 2011; print and electronic marketing and communications

    Nora Nguyen: development professional; Mountain View; 2010; fundraising

  • Executive Director / President:
  • Patricia Cheng, Chair

Staff Names

  • Key Staff:
  • Patricia Cheng; Chair; 2009; programming and artistic planning; master's degree in music performance from San Francisco Conservatory & J.D. from Yale Law School; member of Multicultural Arts Leadership Initiative; served on City of Mountain View Performing Arts Committee for eight years

    Steve Anderson, Vice-Chair: 2013; marketing, fundraising and strategic planning; MBA from University of Wisconsin; CEO/founder of UTC Links LLC (a private investment and management group);
    CMO of WhalePath, Inc,. (an on-demand business research company);
    founder/board member of Crown of the Continent Guitar Foundation; board member of The Michael & Maureen Mansfield Foundation


  • Organization type:Grantseeker
  • Country of registration:United States
  • Tax Determination Letter:Received Determination Letter
  • IRS Section:501(c)(3)
  • IRS Subsection:Operating
  • Tax ID:80-0714882

IRS Business Master File Information

  • EIN:800714882
  • Sort (Secondary) Name:
  • Care Of Name:% CONNIE MARTINEZ
  • Organization Address:1700 ALUM ROCK AVE
  • Organization City:SAN JOSE
  • Organization State:CA
  • Organization Zip:95116-1301
  • Group Exemption Number:0000
  • Subsection Code:03
  • Classification Code(s):1, 2
  • Subsection/Classification Desc.:Charitable Organization, Educational Organization
  • Affiliation Code:3
  • Ruling Date:July, 2011
  • Deductibility Code:1
  • Foundation Code:15
  • Foundation Code Desc.:Organization which receives a substantial part of its support from a governmental unit or the general public 170(b)(1)(A)(vi)
  • Activity Code(s):
  • Activity Code Desc.(s):
  • Organization Code:1 (Corporation)
  • Exempt Org. Status Code:01 (Unconditional Exemption)
  • Tax Period:June, 2016
  • Filing Requirement Category:01 (990 (all other) or 990EZ return)
  • Accounting Period:June
  • NTEE Code:A25
  • Asset Amount:$8,675,000
  • Asset Code:7 ($5,000,000 - $9,999,999)
  • Income Amount:$2,056,042
  • Income Code:6 ($1,000,000 - $4,999,999)
  • 990 Revenue Amount:$2,055,185
  • Last Updated:2/21/2018 9:19:22 am

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