Qualcomm Foundation Pays it Forward


On Behalf of Kids and Young Adults Everywhere, the Museum Says ‘Thank Q!’

MCASD has long been free to children 12 and under. But in 2007, when the Museum expanded its downtown campus with the addition of the Jacobs and Copley Buildings, it also wanted to expand its free admission program to include young adults ages 25 and under. Qualcomm Incorporated stepped up to the plate to sponsor this important initiative.

Since the program’s launch, support from Qualcomm and the Qualcomm Foundation (established in 2010) has allowed MCASD to welcome more than 80,000 young people into the Museum---—for free. It has also helped fund additional efforts to serve and reach youth, such as the development of a mobile site and a contest
for aspiring artists ages 25 and under (one of whom is featured
at right).

Qualcomm and Qualcomm Foundation support organizations working to strengthen communities. Through the efforts of corporate volunteerism and charitable contributions and sponsorships, they invest resources in inspirational, innovative programs that serve diverse populations, and aim to create educated, healthy, sustainable, and culturally vibrant communities. Through their support of arts education and outreach programs, the organizations help young people develop innovative minds and expand cultural enrichment opportunities.

Earlier this year, Qualcomm Foundation stepped forward again to support the arts community, this time to serve as lead patron for Behold, America!, the major exhibition presented by MCASD, The San Diego Museum of Art, and the Timken Museum of Art.

Qualcomm understands the value of connections—connecting mobile users to technology, connecting its employees with their communities. The programs sponsored by Qualcomm and Qualcomm Foundation at the Museum were and are designed to connect people of all ages to contemporary art, and their support has and continues to make a world of difference.