A member-supported nonprofit organization, our mission is to create and present art of all types, nurture artists, and use our historic Villa, buildings, and grounds in innovative ways that engage people in the creative process.
Nestled in Silicon Valley's Saratoga hills, Montalvo occupies a historically landmarked Mediterranean-style Villa built in 1912 by Senator James Duval Phelan, surrounded by 175 stunning acres, including the campus of our international Lucas Artists Residency Program. Upon his death, he bequeathed the Villa and grounds to the people of California for the encouragement of art, music, literature and architecture, a mandate that Montalvo has carried forward ever since its founding.
Montalvo is a vibrant cultural force. We host concerts all year round. We serve 15,000 students a year with outstanding arts education programs. We have miles of hiking trails and beautiful gardens open to the public for free 364 days a year.
And we do it all because the arts are vital to the health of the community.