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Cornerstone of the Arts Award
  • Inaugurated in September 2013, the Cornerstone of the Arts Award honors individuals who have had a significant and long lasting impact on San Jose’s art and cultural landscape.  

  • The award is given annually to a person who has provided enduring leadership in the advancement of arts and culture in San Jose and increased the understanding of the value of the arts in creating a thriving community.

  • In 2016, the Cornerstone of the Arts Awards has expanded in two important ways. Community members may now submit nominations, and the awards have expanded to include two new categories, Business Support for the Arts Awards and Creative Impact Awards.

  • The Award is spear-headed by the Arts Commission with support of the Office of Cultural Affairs.


Award Categories 

  • Cornerstone of the Arts - An individual or individuals who have provided effective leadership and/or support over time, leading to the betterment of San Jose's arts community and the quality of life for our citizens. 

  • Creative Impact Award - An individual or individuals from either the nonprofit or business sector who have led a cultural or artistic project or special event that has made a significant impact on the community.

  • Business Support for the Arts Award - Businesses that have demonstrated strong support of the arts community in San Jose.        

  • For more information about the eligibility and criteria for please see the nomination guidelines. We will be soliciting for nominations in Spring 2018. 

2017 Cornerstone of the Arts Event 
  • Sculptural Award designed by Ken Matsumoto. 
  • The physical award is an original sculpture piece commissioned by the Office of Cultural Affairs and designed by renowned local sculptor Ken Matsumoto. The award is one of a set of five pieces designed specifically for this purpose. 

 Image of the Cornerstone of the Arts Award sculpted by Ken Matsumoto
                                                             Photo by: Daniel Garcia

Congratulations to the recipients to the 2017 Cornerstone of the Arts Award!

  • Cornerstone of the Arts Honoree: Elisa Marina Alvarado, founder and former Artistic Director of Teatro Vision
  • Creative Impact Honoree: Content Magazine
  • Business Support for the Arts: Applied Materials Foundation