A community-made environment where local FilAm, AAPI, BIPOC, Queer, and Trans creatives are invited to shape what an unapologetic, safe, healing, and sharing space looks and feels like in the heart of the ever-changing San José.
Bahay originates from the Filipino Term, Bahay Kubo, a type of stilt house indigenous to the Philippines. Here we honor it by translating Bahay to become “home” instead. Home of the Kreatives. Home to all. Home to those in the Silicon Valley who search for platforms, communities, hearths, to be heard, seen, and uplifted.
At Bahay! We understand how powerful art is in uniting causes, and empowering the community to stand for justice in the face of struggle. In our space, we seek to not only gather creative and like-minded individuals to share their experiences, but other programs and non-profit organizations as well to offer resources such as food banks, educational pathways, and more on our path to a more equitable society.
Bahay, will be a revolutionary open mic that will evolve according to the needs of the people. We serve what our community asks for, and embody the spirit of Bayanihan, or collective unity in order to accomplish our goals.
Some of Our Previous Artists
Aisha Williams (she/they) is 23 years old and identifies as a Black, Filipina American and queer. Aisha recently graduated from San Jose State University with a BA in Environmental Studies and Preparation for Teaching. She is a huge community woman; you can find her reading poetry at Nirvana Soul Coffee at their weekly open mics or even hosting the Music Open Mic on Friday’s at Nirvana Soul. She enjoys immersing herself in the creative community in San Jose and has found sanction in being vulnerable in those spaces. Aisha is also a plant mother, but that still needs some work. She strongly encourages people to hit every crevice of their creativity, emphasizing that there are no limits to you and that all artforms can be tried. “Live laugh love hehehe.”
Rosé De Guzman
Introducing Rosé, pronouns They/them/theirs. Rosé’s passion for themselves, people and their culture, along with their stubbornness is the foundation for their artistry. They have came to holistically embrace their sensitivity and vulnerability. Rosé had learned to be proud of their ability to unapologetically express, as it is not a weakness, but actually their biggest strength. Rosé hopes through sharing their art, they can teach people how to love the softer parts of themselves a little more.
Lorenz Mazon Dumuk
Lorenz Mazon Dumuk(he/him) is a poet, spoken word artist, and curator. He is a VONA alumni, and a MALI (Multicultural Arts Leadership Institute) alumni. Ay Nako: Writing Through the Struggle, and I Think In Poetry, are the titles of his two book collections of poetry. Lorenz had curated various events such as ReWrite Open Mic, Glowing with the Moon, and the Eastridge Open Mic. His want to create a nourishing experience at his events, pushes his desire to connect communities and its people.
Bahay hosts an Open Mic & Art Night every First Saturday of the month. Join us for our first event in 2023 on Saturday, January 14th from 6-8PM at My Gypsy Soul on 260 McEvoy St., San José, CA.