2015 Downtown Doors expands to 100 locations

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The 22 students selected for 2015 Downtown Doors exhibition told stories, expressed feelings, and conveyed life lessons through inspirational artwork that will help beautify the downtown San Jose landscape for thousands of pedestrian passersby.

file-page1The winners were selected from 133 submissions from students at 15 San Jose high schools. Since the program began in 2003, 209 student works have been selected. Their pieces have been enlarged, transferred onto vinyl decals, and affixed to service doors and utility boxes throughout downtown San Jose. In 2015, the Downtown Doors program produced by the San Jose Downtown Foundation expanded to 100 door and utility box sites.

Some didn’t think their work would be selected. For others, Downtown Doors confirmed their talent as artists. All are excited to be Downtown Doors winners:

  • Optimized-IMG_0080“Being selected has made me so confident in myself as an artist,” said Taylor Nguyen of Santa Teresa High School. “I can’t believe I get to be a part of my city. I can’t wait to see it.”
  • “The message of my Downtown Door piece, ‘Youthful Endeavors,’ is to encourage and inspire a lot of children to be as creative as possible,” said Clyde Joseph, senior at Evergreen Valley High School.
  • “To be recognized and chosen is amazing, and that my message is going to be seen and out there is just wonderful.”
  • “I feel grateful because someone can notice the artwork that I made,” said Love-lei Balbas, soon to be a sophomore at Santa Teresa High School. “Out on the streets, people will be able to see how art and nature can come together to create something real nice.”
  • “I hope that viewers will be able to take away some of the beauty, the nostalgia and the mystery that I see in downtown San Jose,” said Mei-Mei Chang of Notre Dame High School.
  • “Someone thought that my artwork is good enough to be viewed on a daily basis,” said Adeniyi Adegbite, Yerba Buena High School.
  • “I realize that hard work and dedication are vital if you want to be successful,” said Craig Shepherd of Del Mar High School.
  • Evergreen Valley High’s Brook Jiang called selection of her artwork “a good boost to my self-confidence and confirmation that art is something I should pursue in the future.”
  • “I wanted to brighten a corner of downtown San Jose and get people to stop and take a look at it and think about it for a few seconds. “ said Gaby Alvarez of Notre Dame High School.
  • “Winning was a big deal because I’d never won anything before. Winning affirmed my skills.”

Many of the students put their inspiration, message and other thoughts and feelings on videotape, which can be retrieved by a smart phone at the art locations.

“Downtown Doors program has made a tremendous impact on the urban landscape,” said Diana Beechie, San Jose Downtown Foundation president. “We’re also seeing the effects of this program on participating students – their boosted confidence, their desire to continue pursuing the arts as a career. Downtown Doors has proven to be a stepping stone toward better grades, graduation, college and a leadership position in society.

A ceremony honoring the artists and their works took place June 11 at the San Jose Museum of Art.

Program sponsors include: Leo M. Shortino Family Foundation, eBay Inc., Newmark Cornish & Carey Commercial

Real Estate, City of San Jose Office of Cultural Affairs, Xactly Corporation, Catered Too!, Don Gagliardi, Donor

Circle for the Arts at Silicon Valley Community Foundation, Jeppesen, Kimley-Horn, SV Creates, David J. Powers & Associates, Inc., Saratoga Capital, Inc., Law Offices of Willoughby, Stuart, Bening & Cook, Orchard Commercial, Inc. and the offices of Vice Mayor Rose Herrera and Councilmembers Ash Kalra and Johnny Khamis.

2015 site hosts include: Digital Realty, The 88 Homeowners Association, Fairmont San Jose, City of San Jose, 360 Residences, Camera 12 Cinemas, 33 S. Third Street Apartments, Cityview Plaza and Equus Capital Partners, Ltd.

The students’ work will be viewable for several years before being replaced.

The Downtown Doors Class of 2015 includes:

 
 
School
Location
Teacher
Jessica Lam - African Paradise

Andrew Hill High School – Eastside UnionCity National Civic on San Carlos StreetKathi Farmer
Craig Shepherd - The Unknown
Del Mar High School - Campbell UnionUtility box at First and San Fernando streetsChristina Salinas
Stephanie Pham - Identity Crisis

Evergreen Valley High School – Eastside UnionSouth First St. - Fairmont HotelGrace Starr
Brook Jiang - Peace in Pieces

Evergreen Valley High School – Eastside Union 33 S. Third St. Apartments on Paseo de San Antonio between Second and Third
streets
Grace Starr
Clyde Joseph - Youthful Endeavors

Evergreen Valley High School – Eastside UnionPark Avenue side of Parkside HallGrace Starr
Ruben Alvarado - Welcomed

Gunderson High School – San Jose Unified 33 S. Third St. Apartments on Paseo de San AntonioMary Cheung
Edward Arroyo - Silhouettes in Sewers

Gunderson High School – San Jose UnifiedUtility box on Santa Clara Street at Second Street Mary Cheung
Kittisak Lakham - Reflections of Lifetime

Independence High School – Eastside UnionFairmont San Jose on Market StreetVirginia Ingelfinger
Annie Ly - Galaxy in Hands

Independence High School – Eastside UnionInterior of Cityview PlazaVirginia Ingelfinger
Kimi Walters – The Maze WithinLeigh High School – Campbell UnionCamera Cinemas on Second StreetKimberly Bartel
Marissa Winslow - Picture Perfect

Leigh High School – Campbell UnionUtility box on Santa Clara Street at Almaden Boulevard Kimberly Bartel
Isabel Damberg - The Festival of Colors

Notre Dame High School – PrivateHammer Theatre Center on Paseo de San AntonioRebecca Ternasky, Ted Key
Gaby Alvarez - Radical Hair

Notre Dame High School – Private The 88, on Second StreetRebecca Ternasky, Ted Key
Mei-Mei Chang - Where Did the Time Go?

Notre Dame High School – PrivateCamera Cinemas on First StreetRebecca Ternasky, Ted Key
Trevor Giampaoli – Constellation

Piedmont Hills High School – Eastside UnionThe 88, on Second StreetIan Tippetts
Biu Lam – Drawbridge

Piedmont Hills High School – Eastside UnionUtility box on Santa Clara Street at Second StreetIan Tippetts
Hannah Cho – Untitled

Santa Teresa High School – Eastside UnionCamera Cinemas on First StreetMarjorie Kelly, Abiam Alvarez, Ms. George and Laura Rice
Love-lei Balbas - Lined Flowers

Santa Teresa High School – Eastside Union360 Residences on San Salvador StreetMarjorie Kelly, Abiam Alvarez, Ms. George and Laura Rice
Taylor Nguyen – Curiosity

Santa Teresa High School – Eastside UnionThe Pavilion, First StreetMarjorie Kelly, Abiam Alvarez, Ms. George and Laura Rice
Emily Hernandez - Tea TimeWillow Glen High School – San Jose UnifiedConvention Center Garage pedestrian entrance on Market StreetSandra Holland
Hannah Verdonk – Frame by Frame

Willow Glen High School – San Jose UnifiedHammer Theatre Center on Third StreetSandra Holland
Adeniyi Adegbite - Mystery Creature

Yerba Buena High School – Eastside UnionCamera Cinemas on Second StreetMaria Furman

About: The San Jose Downtown Foundation (SJDF) promotes cultural awareness and civic participation in San Jose and Santa Clara County through youth education programs, public events and art exhibits. SJDF is the 501c3 arm of the San Jose Downtown Association (SJDA), whose mission is to represent business and property owners to improve downtown and enhance downtown’s vitality and livability.

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School tally of Downtown Doors Winners (2003-2015)

East Side Union HS District

(7) Andrew P Hill – 12, 12, 13, 13, 13, 14, 15
(13) Evergreen Valley – 09, 09, 09, 09, 10, 11, 12, 12, 13, 13, 15, 15, 15
(5) Independence – 12, 13, 14, 15, 15
(2) James Lick – 11, 12
(7) Mount Pleasant – 04, 05, 10, 10, 11, 11, 12
(3) Oak Grove – 07, 07, 07
(16) Piedmont Hills – 09, 09, 09, 10, 11, 11, 11, 12, 12, 12, 13, 13, 14, 14, 15, 15
(12) Santa Teresa – 06, 09, 11, 11, 12, 12, 14, 14, 14, 15, 15, 15
(2) Silver Creek – 12, 13
(4) Yerba Buena – 10, 14, 14, 15
(71) East Side Total
(1) Bellarmine College Prep. – 10
(6) Cupertino – 10, 10, 10, 11, 11, 11
(5) Del Mar – 12, 12, 13, 14, 15
(3) Downtown College Prep – 04, 07, 07
(6) Gunderson – 14, 14, 14, 14, 15, 15,
(9) Homestead – 12, 12, 13, 13, 13, 13, 13, 13, 14
(5) Leigh – 09, 11, 12, 13, 15, 15
(48) 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
(29)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
(9) Pioneer –12, 12, 12, 12, 13, 13, 13, 14, 14
(5) San Jose High Academy – 04, 05, 05, 05, 05
(5) Willow Glen – 12, 14, 14, 15, 15
(1) Castillero Middle – 12

(132) All other districts subtotal

(1) Dublin, Ireland – 14
(1) Okayama, Japan – 14
(1) Pune, India – 14
(1) Tainan, Taiwan – 14
(1) San Jose, Costa Rica – 14
(5) International Subtotal

(209) TOTAL

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