City Needs Panelists to Review Art


Local residents interested in helping to shape the future of public art in Alameda can apply to do just that as part of a panel to review proposals for public art.

The City of Alameda is seeking volunteers to serve on a selection panel to review and score applications for cultural arts grants of up to $5,000. Panelists must be based in the Bay Area and interested in the arts. The city particularly encourages artists, performers, administrators, cultural workers or those otherwise engaged in the arts to apply.

Specific commitments include: reading and reviewing all proposals and participating in at least two selection panel meetings. At the meetings panelists will decide which proposals best meet selection criteria. The panel’s recommendations are forwarded to the Public Art Commission for approval before heading to the City Council for final review and appropriation of funds.

The meetings will be held in October and November. Applications for the selection panel are due by Thursday, Sept. 20. For details on applying, write Amanda Gherke agehrke@

Public art proposals fall into two categories at the City of Alameda: cultural arts and physical public art. Cultural arts include theater, music, poetry and other live performance. Physical art includes painting and sculpture. 

Physical art proposals were reviewed in the spring and are moving forward for approval at City Council Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m.

The Public Art Commission recommended the following physical artwork to City Council for appropriation of funds: 

• $150,000 award: Rockspinners  by Zachary Coffin
• $50,000 award: Gateway Columns by Norman Moore
• $25,000 award: Love Our Island Art Walk by Rhythmix Cultural Works
• $12,500 award: Astro Mural by Dan Fontes

To find out more about the city’s public art program and how to apply, visit