San Jose Opens Nominations for 2018 Arts Honors Awards

Part of San Jose’s urban appeal is its growing reputation as a hotbed of artistic innovation, where local and global themes, concepts and materials intersect to create a very specific “San Jose culture” scene. For the sixth year, the City’s Office of Cultural Affairs is receiving nominations in several categories for individuals and organizations that contribute to the foundation  – act as  “cornerstones” – of the city’s cultural life. Nominations are being received through Friday, May 11. The final choices are approved by the San Jose’s Arts Commission, and three awards are presented at the annual event that is held later in the year. The award categories are:

  • Cornerstone of the Arts – An individual(s) or creative entrepreneur who has provided effective leadership and/or support over time, leading to the betterment of San José’s arts community and the quality of life in our city .
  • Creative Impact Award – An individual(s) or creative entrepreneur from either the nonprofit or business sector who has 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 made a significant impact in strengthening the vibrancy of San José through their leadership and support for the arts. It is envisioned that the selected honoree is a business that supports the arts philanthropically or through sponsorship.

Past honorees cover the gamut from fierce advocates of classical art such as the inaugural 2013 honoree, Irene Dalis, founder of Opera San Jose, to promotors of entirely new kinds of artistic expression, as exemplified by the 2016 winners for Creative Impact, Anne and Mark’s Art Party. Other examples include:

  • The 2014 Cornerstone of the Arts Honoree former Mayor Susan Hammer
  • The 2015 Cornerstone of the Arts Honorees Carmen and Al Castellano of the Castellano Family Foundation
  • In 2016 the Cornerstone of Arts Honorees Roy and PJ Hirabayashi, founders of San José Taiko; Business Support for the Arts Honoree Steve Borkenhagen, former owner of Eulipia
  • In 2017 the Cornerstone of the Arts Honoree was Elisa Marina Alvarado, co-founder of Teatro Visión; Business Support for Arts Honoree was Applied Materials; and Creative Impact Honoree was Content Magazine.

For more information, and to submit a nomination for the 2018 Cornerstone of the Arts Award, please visit the Cornerstone of the Arts website.

From left to right: then-Councilmember Sam Liccardo, former Mayor Chuck Reed, 2013 Cornerstone of the Arts Honoree Irene Dalis, former Arts Commission Chair Rick Holden, and Director of Cultural Affairs Kerry Adams Hapner.