Bruce W. Davis

2009 Honoree - Michael Newton Award


Since 1993, Bruce W. Davis has served as the executive director of Arts Council Silicon Valley, the largest nonprofit arts council in California. Under Davis' leadership, the Arts Council has more than quadrupled its budget and established numerous successful partnerships and initiatives to support the local Silicon Valley arts community. This includes distributing more than $15 million in grants and services to local arts groups and artists. Davis was also instrumental in the creation of the Artsopolis Marketing Partnership and, the nation’s leading arts and culture calendaring software program. Davis is an active member of Americans for the Arts, a Senior Fellow of the American Leadership Forum Silicon Valley, and was a founding Board member of the Silicon Valley Council of Nonprofits. He is also a co-founder of 1stACT Silicon Valley, a cross-sector collaborative focused on art and technology.

Arts Council Silicon Valley is dedicated to improving the quality of life for Santa Clara County residents by creating and fostering its arts and culture. It provides grants to more than 140 local arts organizations and individual artists, as well as provides advocacy, marketing, and support services. The Arts Council also manages one of only two campaigns in California raising funds for the arts in the workplace. Since its inception, and under Davis' stewardship, the ArtsChoice™ workplace giving program has raised more than $1 million for local arts groups.