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

Downtown refreshed with 10 new student art works

Coronavirus epidemics halts program – but not before receiving 75 submissions


SAN JOSE – San Jose Downtown Foundation art selection committee has chosen 10 new Downtown Doors from 98 art works submitted by area high school students before COVID-19 sent students and teachers home to study for the remainder of the 2019-20 school year.

The 10 doors will freshen the downtown as businesses reopen and some employees return to work.  Like the judging session, a virtual reception took place over Zoom Thursday, June 18.

“As businesses begin to recover from the COVID-19 virus, we want downtown looking vibrant with art,” said Ramona Snyder, SJDF board president.  “With funding already secured from the City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs, SVCreates and private donors such as Comerica Bank and Ernest and Irene Pestana Chari, we’re moving forward with half of the Downtown Doors program for this fiscal year and plans to proceed with the program when teachers and students are working together again.”

In its 17th year, the number of Downtown Doors in the city’s center has reached 302.  Downtown Doors occupies 110 sites located mostly on busy pedestrian rotes through the downtown core.  Student artworks are digitized onto vinyl coatings that are attached in their full colorful splendor to service doors and utility boxes throughout downtown.

“Downtown Doors provides young artists the opportunity to publicly express themselves,” Snyder added.  “Students of all ethnicities and demographics have been posting their messages of change and hope downtown for 16 years now.”

In past years, Downtown Doors art works have paid tribute to strong women and the courageousness of parent and grandparent immigrants.  Several selections this year – submitted in January and February before pandemic or the call for racial change — are self-expressions.

“As always, the art selected is amazing,” said Jessica Vuong, program coordinator.  “I can’t wait to see what comes next.”

Program donors and sponsors include:  City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs; Adobe, Comerica Charitable Foundation; Ernest and Irene Pestana Charitable Foundation; and SVCreates, and Councilmember Johnny Khamis.

Site hosts for the 2020 art work includes:  50 West, San Jose State University/Hammer Theatre Center; City of San Jose, Il Fornaio/Westin St. Claire; Fairmont San Jose; and The Studio Climbing Gym.

Art selection Committee: James Morgan of SJSU; Jeannine Flores, Santa Clara County Office of Education; Jeff Bordona, San Jose Museum of Art; Michael Ogilvie, San Jose Director of Public Art; Charlie McCollum, SJDF Trustee; and the Board of Trustees and Downtown Association staff which selected the 10th door today.



The Downtown Doorsincludes:


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Bellarmine College Prep

Title: Untitled

Artist: Oscar Diaz
Location: The Fairmont
(Circle of Palms Plaza at First Street)
Sponsor: City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs

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Del Mar High School

Title: The All Seeing Eye

Artist: Audrey Torres-Padilla

Location: City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs
(Southeast corner of Market and Santa Clara street)
Sponsor: City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs

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Del Mar High School

Title: Light Creates Memory: Self Portrait

Artist: Cleo Cole

Location: The Westin
(San Carlos/First Street -
Il Fornaio)

Sponsor: SVCreates

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Del Mar High School

Title: The Monarch’s Journey

Artist: Audrey Simone Garcia

Location: The Studio Climbing Gym (San Salvador/First Street)

Sponsor: SVCreates


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Gunderson High School

Title: My Identity

Artist: Jeanne Clark

Location: City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs (Third Street/San Carlos Street)

Site Host: City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs

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Piedmont Hills High School

Title: Pandora's Basement

Artist: Angela Li

Location: Hammer Theatre Center (Third Street)

Sponsor: City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs

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Santa Teresa High School

Title: Breaking from Routine

Artist: Allison Young
Location: 50 West
(Passageway between 50 W. San Fernando and the San Jose Museum of Art)
Sponsor: City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs

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Santa Teresa High School

Title: Fan Lights

Artist: Thy-Thy Do

Location: Hammer Theatre Center (101 Paseo de San Antonio, facing the plaza and Second Street) 

Sponsor: City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs


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Silver Creek High School

Title: Perpetuity
Artist: Jordan Almaguer
Location: Hammer Theatre Center (101 Paseo de San Antonio, facing the plaza and Second Street)

Sponsor: Ernest and Irene Pestana Charitable Foundation

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Silver Creek High School

Title: Untitled

Artist: Kristiene Pagaragan
Location: Hammer Theatre Center (Paseo de San Antonio/Third Street)

Sponsor: City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs

 
 




School tally of Downtown Doors Winners (2003-2019)


East Side Union HS District

(22) Piedmont Hills – 09, 09, 09, 10, 11, 11, 11, 12, 12, 12, 13, 13, 14, 14, 15, 15, 17, 18, 18, 19, 19, 20

(19) Santa Teresa – 06, 09, 11, 11, 12, 12, 14, 14, 14, 15, 15, 15, 16, 17, 17, 17, 18, 20, 20

(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

(6) Silver Creek – 12, 13, 19, 19, 20, 20

(3) James Lick – 11, 12, 16

(3) Oak Grove – 07, 07, 07

(110) 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

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

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

(12) Del Mar – 12, 12, 13, 14, 15, 18, 18, 18, 19, 20, 20, 20

(11Gunderson – 14, 14, 14, 14, 15, 15, 16, 16, 16, 19, 20

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

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

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

(4) Bellarmine College Prep  – 10, 17, 19, 20

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

(3) San Jose High – 16, 17, 18

(2)   Westmont – 18, 19

 (1) Leland – 16

 (1) Castillero Middle – 12

(184) 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

(302) TOTAL

Downtown Foundation Board

Contact us at sjdf@sjdowntown.com 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: First Year
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: First Year
City of Residence:  San Jose