Supporting arts & arts education

Downtown Doors 21st year in 2024!

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.

The Foundation also supports arts projects such as murals and business window art that enrich downtown’s urban landscape.  During the first Covid pandemic, the Foundation supported businesses that had been vandalized and sponsored the Hella Gardens project in which artists decorated downtown door and window fronts with floral paintings.

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 Chloe Shipp, program administrator.

The program is mostly funded by local grants and individual giving.

San Jose Downtown Foundation

Board of Trustees

Scott Dalgleish

Katia McClain
Steinberg Hart

Contact us at for information about joining our board

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