Foundation


The San Jose Downtown Foundation is focused on enhancing the cultural, aesthetic and educational environment downtown. It’s primary program is Downtown Doors which brings the work of high school artists to utility doors and boxes throughout downtown. The foundation also funded murals and other projects. It is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization governed by a Board of Trustees.

Downtown Doors 2020


Dear Students and Teachers,

Thank you to everyone who has submitted artwork to the Downtown Doors program. 

Due to the rapidly changing conditions from COVID-19, as well as school closures, we unfortunately are postponing our program. We hope you understand that this was not an easy decision to make, considering how hard students have been working on their art pieces to meet the deadline. 

As the situation continues to evolve, we will still be accepting submissions from schools and will keep you updated when timelines are finalized. We hope to reschedule submission deadlines, judging day, and the artist reception to either Fall 2020 or host a larger program in Spring 2021. High school seniors (class of 2020) who have already submitted or are interested in participating are still eligible for the program despite the later timeline. 

With this extended timeline, students who wish to resubmit new art pieces in place of the ones they’ve already submitted are allowed to do so. 

Please find our new student application here along with the updated submission letter here.

Submissions will be online only. Please email a folder of all student artwork and supporting documentation to sjdf@sjdowntown.com

If you have any questions or concerns, please email Tierney Yates at tyates@sjdowntown.com

Thank you for your patience and understanding as we all try to navigate through this together. 

Best,

The San Jose Downtown Foundation

Downtown Doors 2019

Downtown refreshed with 20 new student art works

Announcing 2019 Downtown Doors selections

The look of Downtown San Jose will be refreshed with the artwork of 20 San Jose-area high school students who competed for a canvas in the public realm as part of the Downtown Doors program.

In its 15th year, student artwork has been digitized, transferred to vinyl coating and affixed to downtown’s service doors and utility boxes 292 times.  Downtown Doors occupies 110 sites located mostly on busy pedestrian rotes through the downtown core.

Students from 22 schools vied for selection to Downtown Doors.  The students must first compete for a Top-10 spot against their classmates. Only the top 10 are submitted to the Downtown Doors selection jury.

Of the record 206 art works submitted in 2019, 20 were selected from students at 13 schools.

“Downtown Doors is as popular as ever,” said Ramona Snyder, president of the San Jose Downtown Foundation board.  “It is always interesting to see what is on the minds of today’s high school students.”

Several of the art works pay tribute to the long and often incredible journeys of the students’ parents or their grandparents to immigrate to the United States. Multiple art works are portraits in various forms.

Evergreen High student Jiawei Li’s depiction of our “Modern World” shows a cowboy atop a horse riding along the rim of a magnificent canyon — checking his cell phone for messages. The works can be as sweet as a kiss or as moving as a memorial of flowers placed through fencing.

“The competition gets tougher every year,” said Bree von Faith, director of the San Jose Downtown Foundation.  “Some very quality art works are unfortunately rejected each round.”

Program sponsors include:  Baker’s Floor & Surface; Bill Graham Supporting Foundation of the Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund; Catered Too!; City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs; Comerica Charitable Foundation; Ernest and Irene Pestana Charitable Foundation; Kimley-Horn; KQED; Newmark Knight Frank; the Offices of Councilmembers Dev Davis, Johnny Khamis, Lan Diep, Magdalena Carrasco, Maya Esparza; Pam Foley, Raul Peralez, Sergio Jimenez and Sylvia Arenas; Orchard Commercial; Republic Services and SVCreates.

Site hosts for the 2019 art work includes:  City of San Jose, 33 South Third Street Apartments; Digital Realty; Hilton San Jose; Hyatt Place San Jose/Downtown; San Jose Marriott and The Studio Climbing.

Art selection Committee:  James Morgan of SJSU; Jeannine Flores, Santa Clara County Office of Education; Jeff Bordona, San Jose Museum of Art; Juan Borrelli, SJDF Trustee; and Lynn Rogers, City of San Jose.

Stipends for the artists and teachers were supported by Adobe, Annabel Mangold, Catered Too!, Councilmember Dev Davis, Juan Borrelli, Manny Fernandez, Roy’s Station Coffee & Tea and San Jose Museum of Art.



The Downtown Doorsincludes:


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Abraham Lincoln High School

Title: Grandpa's Legacy

Artist:  Gibson Davis
Location: 150 S. First Street, between San Fernando & Paseo de San Antonio (single door enclave on 2nd Street side of building)

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Abraham Lincoln High School

Title: Journey

Artist: Laela Keo

Location: Hilton San Jose - 300 Almaden Blvd. on San Carlos Street (left side of double-door #2)

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Abraham Lincoln High School

Title: Migration

Artist: Nancy Urbina

Location: Hyatt Place, Almaden Blvd north of San Carlos (single door walkway between W. San Carlos and Park Avenue)

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Bellarmine College Prep

Title: I AM the ARTIST

Artist: Nathan Hayes
Location: Utility Box - Southeast corner of San Pedro and Santa Clara Streets (near Chipotle)


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Del Mar High School

Title: Reunion

Artist: Nina Costello

Location: Marriott Hotel - 301 S. Market Street (large double-door)

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Downtown College Prep

Title: For You

Artist: Paulo Orozco

Location: The Studio Climbing - 396 S. First Street at San Salvador & 1st Street (double-door on San Salvador)

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Evergreen Valley High School

Title: A Modern World

Artist:  Jiawei Li
Location: 33 S. Third Street Apartments - Third Street & San Fernando (single door toward Santa Clara)

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Evergreen Valley High School

Title: Lost in Love

Artist: Zoe Corcoran

Location: Hyatt Place, Almaden Blvd, north of San Carlos (single door on S. Almaden Blvd.)


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Gunderson High School

Title: Requiem for a Dream
Artist: Mark Tubera
Location: 33 S. Third Street Apartments - Smokeater's Alley - between 2nd & 3rd Streets and Santa Clara & San Fernando (single door)

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Independence High School

Title: Individual Perception

Artist:  Sabrina Doan
Location:  Utility Box - Near San Jose Museum of Art, Market & San Fernando, Southeast Corner

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Independence High School

Title: The Musubi Spamily 

Artist: Shannon Lee

Location: 150 S. First Street, between San Fernando & Paseo de San Antonio (single door enclave on 2nd Street side of building)

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Leigh High School

Title: Golden Boy

Artist: Michaela Sampas

Location: Hilton San Jose - 300 Almaden Blvd. on San Carlos Street (right side of double-door #2)


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Notre Dame High School

Title: Offering

Artist: Annie Chang

Location: 150 S. First Street, between San Fernando & Paseo de San Antonio (large double-door enclave on 2nd Street side of building)

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Notre Dame High School

Title: Finders Keepers

Artist: Manasa Sundaram

Location: Marriott Hotel - 301 S. Market Street (single door enclave)

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Piedmont Hills High School

Title: Avec Chapelle

Artist: Abigail Rose Tecson

Location: Utility Box - Santa Clara Street & 2nd Street (in front of Ike's Sandwiches)


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Piedmont Hills High School

Title: Dreamworld

Artist: Diego Papa

Location: 33 S. Third Street Apartments -Third Street & San Fernando (single door toward San Fernando)


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Pioneer High School

Title: The Absence

Artist: Megan Huddlestun

Location: The Studio Climbing -396 S. First Street at San Salvador & 1st Street (single door toward lot in back of building)

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Silver Creek High School

Title:  El Callejón del Beso

Artist:  Fatima Corona

Location: Utility Box - St. Joseph's Cathedral at 80 S. Market Street

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Silver Creek High School

Title: Memories Out to Dry

Artist: Jordan Almaguer

Site Host: Hilton San Jose - 300 Almaden Blvd. on San Carlos Street (right side of double-door #1)

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Westmont High School

Title: Refugees

Artist: Sam Mirzadeh

Location: Hilton San Jose - 300 Almaden Blvd. on San Carlos Street (left side of double-door #1)



School tally of Downtown Doors Winners (2003-2019)


 East Side Union HS District

(21) Piedmont Hills – 09, 09, 09, 10, 11, 11, 11, 12, 12, 12, 13, 13, 14, 14, 15, 15, 17, 18, 18, 19, 19

(17) Santa Teresa – 06, 09, 11, 11, 12, 12, 14, 14, 14, 15, 15, 15, 16, 17, 17, 17, 18

(17) Evergreen Valley – 09, 09, 09, 09, 10, 11, 12, 12, 13, 13, 15, 15, 15, 16, 16, 18, 19, 19

(11) Andrew P Hill – 12, 12, 13, 13, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 18

(11) Independence – 12, 13, 14, 15, 15, 16, 17, 17, 18, 19, 19

(9) Mount Pleasant –  04, 05, 10, 10, 11, 11, 12, 16, 17

(8) Yerba Buena – 10, 14, 14, 15, 16, 17, 17, 18

(3) James Lick – 11, 12, 16

(3) Oak Grove – 07, 07, 07

(4) Silver Creek – 12, 13, 19, 19

(105) East Side SubTotal

 

(53) Lincoln (includes Saturday Art Academy) – 03, 03, 03, 03, 04, 04, 04, 04, 04, 05, 05, 05, 05, 05, 05, 05, 05, 06, 06, 06, 06, 06, 06, 06, 06, 06, 06, 06, 07, 07, 07, 07, 07, 07, 09, 09, 09, 09, 09, 09, 09, 10, 10, 12, 12, 13, 14, 14, 18, 18, 19, 19, 19

(34) Notre Dame – 06, 07, 07, 07, 07, 07, 07, 09, 09, 09, 09, 09, 09, 09, 09, 10, 11, 11, 11, 12, 12, 12, 13, 13, 13, 13, 15, 15, 15, 16, 16, 17, 19, 19

(14) Leigh – 09, 11, 12, 13, 15, 15, 16, 17, 17, 17, 18, 18, 18, 19

(12) Homestead – 12, 12, 13, 13, 13, 13, 13, 13, 14, 16, 17, 17

(13) Pioneer –12, 12, 12, 12, 13, 13, 13, 14, 14, 17, 17, 18, 19

(10) Gunderson – 14, 14, 14, 14, 15, 15, 16, 16, 16, 19

(9) Willow Glen – 12, 14, 14, 15, 15, 16, 16, 16, 18

(9) Del Mar – 12, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 18, 18, 19

(6) Cupertino – 10, 10, 10, 11, 11, 11

(5) San Jose High Academy – 04, 05, 05, 05, 05

(4) Downtown College Prep – 04, 07, 07, 19

(3) San Jose High – 16, 17, 18

(3) Bellarmine College Prep. – 10, 17, 19

(1) Leland – 16

(2)   Westmont – 18, 19

(1) Castillero Middle – 12

(179) All other districts Subtotal

 

(2) Okayama, Japan – 14, 16

(2) Pune, India – 14, 16

(2) Tainan, Taiwan – 14, 16

(1) Dublin, Ireland – 14

(1) San Jose, Costa Rica – 14

(8) International Subtotal

 

(292) TOTAL

Downtown Foundation Board

Contact Tierney Yates for more information.


Ramona Snyder – President
Volunteer Manager, Team San Jose

First Term Expires: 2020
Current Length of Service: 2 years
City of Residence:  San Jose

Juan Borrelli – Treasurer
Small Business Ally, City of San Jose

Second Term Expires:  2020
Current Length of Service: 5 years
City of Residence:  San Jose

Charlie McCollum – Secretary
Retired Journalist, San Jose Mercury News

Second Term Expires: 2021
Current Length of Service:4 years
City of Residence:  San Jose

Brandi Calderon
First Term Expires: 2022

Current Length of Service: 2 months
City of Residence:  San Jose

Cat Chavez
First Term Expires: 2022
Current Length of Service: 2 months
City of Residence:  San Jose

Jeanne Serpa
Community Relations, Republic Services

First Term Expires: 2020
Current Length of Service: 2 years
City of Residence:  Milpitas

Manny Fernandez
First Term Expires: 2022

Current Length of Service: 2 months
City of Residence:  San Jose