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

Downtown Doors student art exhibit expands to 113 locations

20 new pieces of student art adorn downtown in 2017


SAN JOSE – The 20 students selected for 2017 Downtown Doors exhibition provided a mix of pensive character sketches and unique perspectives on life and lessons learned, always expressing their emotions through broad swatches of colors and artistic techniques. These thoughtful pieces of art will help beautify the downtown San Jose landscape and offer food for thought for thousands of pedestrian who pass by each week.

The winners of the annual competition — now in its 13th year — were selected from 189 submissions from students at 21 San Jose high schools. In 2017, the Downtown Doors program produced by the San Jose Downtown Foundation expanded to 113 sites located in the city’s core. Using the same application seen on some light rail trains and buses, their pieces are enlarged, transferred onto vinyl decals and affixed to single- and double-panel service doors of large buildings, and a number of utility boxes throughout downtown San Jose.

Since the program began in 2003, 252 student works have been selected. “Success is often measured by the amount of wealth, however, true success is measured in how we make the world a better place,” said Diana Beechie, president of the San Jose Downtown Foundation. “Our students have achieved great success by creating a more beautiful vibrant downtown.”

School tally of Downtown Doors Winners (2003-2017)


East Side Union HS District

(9) Andrew P Hill – 12, 12, 13, 13, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17
(15) Evergreen Valley – 09, 09, 09, 09, 10, 11, 12, 12, 13, 13, 15,
15, 15, 16, 16
(8) Independence – 12, 13, 14, 15, 15, 16, 17, 17
(3) James Lick – 11, 12, 16
(9) Mount Pleasant – 04, 05, 10, 10, 11, 11, 12, 16, 17
(3) Oak Grove – 07, 07, 07
(17) Piedmont Hills – 09, 09, 09, 10, 11, 11, 11, 12, 12, 12, 13, 13,
14, 14, 15, 15, 17
(16) Santa Teresa – 06, 09, 11, 11, 12, 12, 14, 14, 14, 15, 15, 15,
16, 17, 17, 17
(2) Silver Creek – 12, 13
(7) Yerba Buena – 10, 14, 14, 15, 16, 17, 17

(89) East Side Total

(2) Bellarmine College Prep. – 10, 17
(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
(12) Homestead – 12, 12, 13, 13, 13, 13, 13, 13, 14, 16, 17, 17
(10) Leigh – 09, 11, 12, 13, 15, 15, 16, 17, 17, 17
(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
(32)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
(11) Pioneer –12, 12, 12, 12, 13, 13, 13, 14, 14, 17, 17
(5) San Jose High Academy – 04, 05, 05, 05, 05
(2) San Jose High – 16, 17
(8) Willow Glen – 12, 14, 14, 15, 15, 16, 16, 16
(1) Castillero Middle – 12

(155) 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

Downtown Foundation Board

Contact sjda@sjdowntown.com for more.


Diana Beechie, President
General Manager, Cushman & Wakefiled
Third Term Expires: 2017
Current Length of Service: 9 years
City of Residence: San Jose

Juan F. Borrelli
Small Business Ambassador, City of San Jose
Second Term Expires: 2020
Current Length of Service: 3 years
City of Residence: San Jose

Charlie McCollum
Retired Journalist, San Jose Mercury News
First Term Expires: 2018
Current Length of Service: 2 years
City of Residence: San Jose

Annabel Mangold

Brand Strategist, Mangold Design
First Term Expires: 2018
Current Length of Service: 2 years
City of Residence: San Jose
 

Michelle Mann
Corporate Responsibility Consultant
Second Term Expires: 2018
Current Length of Service: 5 years
City of Residence: Mountain View

Jeanne Serpa
Community Relations, Republic Services
First Term Expires: 2020
Current Length of Service: 1st year
City of Residence: Milpitas

Ramona Snyder
Volunteer Manager, Team San Jose
First Term Expires: 2020
Current Length of Service: 1st year
City of Residence: San Jose