Fostering cultural awareness and community participation through arts and street life

The San Jose Downtown Foundation is focused on enhancing the cultural and aesthetic environment.

The Foundation’s signature program is Downtown Doors, which not only beautifies public spaces by putting artwork on otherwise flat service doors and utility boxes, but gives high school students the golden opportunity to post messages about their views of the world through mass media and art. Each year, the works of more than 20 students are posted throughout the downtown. SJDF has more than 100 sites for the art, which always delight and surprise passersby.

In the past year, the Foundation also supported businesses that were vandalized after the peaceful George Floyd protest and Hella Gardens projects.

SJDF is an independent 501(c)3 non-profit organization governed by a Board of Trustees.

The Foundation seeks Board Members who are connected to downtown, want to see downtown meet its potential, and interested in supporting the arts.

Contact Donna Butcher program administrator.

Downtown Foundation Board

Ramona Snyder 
Volunteer Manager,
Team San Jose

Juan Borrelli
Small Business Ally,
City of San Jose

Charlie McCollum
Retired Journalist,
San Jose Mercury News

Jeanne Serpa
Community Relations,
Republic Services

Manny Fernandez
Senior Tax Manager,
True Partners Consulting

Contact us at for information about joining our board