Exhibition District has opened Local Color, or LoCo, a pop-up arts and retail center at 27 S. First St.
“The reimagined space is a haven for creatives, makers, artists and thinkers,” said Erin Salazar, executive director of Exhibition District, a creative collective committed to bridging economic opportunity for artists with the beautification of San Jose.
Open daily through Jan. 30, the space activates a currently unused retail space formerly occupied by Ross Dress for Less. LoCo programs include:
Creative workshops for the community, including art classes on Wednesday and Thursday;
Shared studio space for independent artists;
Pop-up bazaars for local makers
Art by Jazz Fuller
Pop-up retail space by Moonshine Rose Trading Co.
Yoga on Friday
Performances on Friday and Saturday nights.
Property owner Mike Sarimsakci, whose Alterra International intends to build a residential tower on the site, opened the doors of the retail space that once held his Black Sea furniture business and Woolworth’s to the San Jose Downtown Association for temporary use.
SJDA is partnering with the Knight Foundation to support Local Color.
“This is a way to get lights back on in a vacant building and support local artists,” said Councilmember Raul Peralez at the Dec. 15 opening.