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 2017 Request for Submission Released


Downtown Doors is an art competition and outdoor exhibit produced by the San Jose Downtown Foundation (SJDF). In its 14th year, the program is designed to give middle school and high school students a real life opportunity to learn how publicly displayed art is selected and installed as well as provide an opportunity to build upon their current artistic skills.

Submissions will be online only. Teachers will submit a folder of all student artwork online via Dropbox.
Submissions are due on March 24, 2017. No submission accepted after 5 p.m. on March 24.

Downtown Doors

2016 Downtown Doors student art exhibit expands to 103 locations

20 new pieces of student art adorn downtown in 2016


SAN JOSE – Twenty vibrant, dynamic and inspiring artworks by high school students have been added to the urban landscape, the result of the 13th Downtown Doors art competition and exhibition.

The artworks are transferred onto vinyl decals and then pasted to service doors and utility boxes in high pedestrian areas of downtown San Jose.  In all, 103 doors and boxes are covered downtown by the Downtown Doors program, which stretches to all corners of the center city.

With the 20 new additions from students at 14 different schools, a total 234 pieces of art have helped beautify the downtown for thousands of passersby.  This year, the San Jose Downtown Foundation received 152 submissions from 19 high schools.

“Our selection committee always has a very difficult decision to make because so much of the art is truly outstanding,” said Diana Beechie, San Jose Downtown Foundation president.

School tally of Downtown Doors Winners (2003-2016)


East Side Union HS District

(8) Andrew P Hill – 12, 12, 13, 13, 13, 14, 15, 16
(15) Evergreen Valley – 09, 09, 09, 09, 10, 11, 12, 12, 13, 13, 15, 15, 15, 16, 16
(6) Independence – 12, 13, 14, 15, 15, 16
(3) James Lick – 11, 12, 16
(8) Mount Pleasant –  04, 05, 10, 10, 11, 11, 12, 16
(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
(13) Santa Teresa – 06, 09, 11, 11, 12, 12, 14, 14, 14, 15, 15, 15, 16
(2) Silver Creek – 12, 13
(5) Yerba Buena – 10, 14, 14, 15, 16

(79) 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
(9) Gunderson – 14, 14, 14, 14, 15, 15, 16, 16, 16
(10) Homestead – 12, 12, 13, 13, 13, 13, 13, 13, 14, 16
(7) Leigh – 09, 11, 12, 13, 15, 15, 16
(1) Leland – 16
(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
(31)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
(9) Pioneer –12, 12, 12, 12, 13, 13, 13, 14, 14
(5) San Jose High Academy – 04, 05, 05, 05, 05
(1) San Jose High – 16
(8) Willow Glen – 12, 14, 14, 15, 15, 16, 16, 16
(1) Castillero Middle – 12

(145) All other districts subtotal

(2) Dublin, Ireland – 14, 16
(2) Okayama, Japan – 14, 16
(2) Pune, India – 14, 16
(2) Tainan, Taiwan – 14, 16
(2) San Jose, Costa Rica – 14, 16

(10) International Subtotal
 

Downtown Foundation Board

Contact sjda@sjdowntown.com for more.


Diana Beechie, President
Senior Property Manager, Orchard Commercial
Third Term Expires: 2016
Current Length of Service: 9 years
City of Residence: San Jose

Charlie McCollum
Retired Journalist, San Jose Mercury News
First Term Expires: 2018
Current Length of Service: 1st year
City of Residence: San Jose

Annabel Mangold
Brand Strategist, Mangold Design
First Term Expires: 2018
Current Length of Service: 1st year
City of Residence: San Francisco

 

Michelle Mann
Corporate Responsibility Consultant
Second Term Expires: 2018
Current Length of Service: 4 years
City of Residence: Mountain View

Juan F. Borrelli
Development Services Small Business Ally, City of San Jose
First Term Expires: 2017
Current Length of Service: 2 years
City of Residence: San Jose

Dennis Skaggs
Co-Founder, Camera Cinemas
Third Term Expires: 2016
Current Length of Service: 9 years
City of Residence: San Jose