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.