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Cornerstone of the Arts Award

Congratulations to the recipients for the 2019 Cornerstone of the Arts Award!
  • Cornerstone of the Arts Honoree: Bruce Labadie, Artistic and Festival Director of San Jose Jazz. 
  • Creative Impact HonoreeDowntown Doors, a program of the San Jose Downtown Foundation
  • Business Support for the Arts Honoree:  Southwest Airlines 

2019 Cornerstone of the Arts Award Event: 
The 2019 Cornerstone of the Arts Award will take place on Friday, October 18, 2019 at 5:30 PM at the Hammer Theatre Center, 101 Paseo De San Antonio, San Jose. Light Refreshments. Event is Free. Due to limited seating please RSVP at

  • 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.

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

  • We are currently not accepting nominations for the 2019 Cornerstone of the Arts Awards. We will be soliciting for nominations again in Spring 2020. 

Award Categories 
  • Cornerstone of the Arts - An individual(s) or creative entrepreneur 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 - A cultural or artistic project or program that has made a significant impact on the community. 

  • Business Support for the Arts Award - Businesses that have made a significant impact in strengthening the vibrancy of San Jose through their leadership and support for the arts. It is envisioned that the selected honoree is a business that support the arts philanthropically or through a sponsorship.

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    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.