City Offers Public Art Update

Courtesy photo    “Following the Pack” is an example of work by Alameda artist Jennifer Daily. Her works will go on display next Thursday as part of Art in City Hall.

Public Art Commission Special Meeting Tonight 
A special meeting of the Public Art Commission has been set for today, Thursday, Aug. 16, at 6 p.m., in Council Chambers, City Hall, third floor, 2263 Santa Clara Ave. 
Agenda items include: 

  • Consideration of New Physical Public Art. The Public Art Commission will consider the installation of new public art located in the City of Alameda Tidelands. 
  • Review of Art in City Hall Pilot Program. The Public Art Commission will review and consider changes to the Art in City Hall Pilot Program.

New Cultural Arts Grants Available 
Artists have a fresh opportunity to bring more cultural art to Alameda. The City of Alameda has released a new request for proposals (RFP) for cultural arts and arts programming, which includes performing arts, literary arts, film and video, education and special events. There is a total of $20,000 available, to be distributed in grants of up to $5,000. 

Those interested in proposing would benefit from attending an orientation set for Tuesday, Aug. 21, at 6 p.m. in City Council Chambers to learn more. Proposals are due on Thursday, Sept. 13. Visit alamedaca.gov to download the RFP form.

The selection process is expected to take place in the fall or winter.

All cultural arts programming must be free, accessible to the public, and located in the City of Alameda.

Previous cultural arts awardees include:

  • Island City Waterways by Rhythmix Cultural Works; a free, site-specific public art event that animated Alameda’s past and present through music, dance, theater, storytelling and more. 
  • Animate Dance Festival, by West End Arts & Entertainment District set for Saturday, Oct. 27; a celebration of dance in all its forms. Animate invites people of all ages and backgrounds to discover the wealth of dance artistry in the Bay Area.
  • The American Landscape by Sacred and Profane set for March 2019; a free, multidisciplinary choral event bringing together both visual and performing arts on the theme of the American Landscape.

For more information, visit alamedaca.gov/business/bids/5406 or contact Amanda Gehrke, management analyst, at 747-6896.

Mark the Calendar for Art

  • Art in City Hall opens next Thursday, Aug. 23, at 6 p.m. Celebrate the latest art exhibitions on display in City Hall, including Alameda on Camera at the Frank Bette Center for the Arts on the first floor and Jennifer Daily on the third floor.
  • At the regular City Council meeting, set for Tuesday, Sept. 18, at 7 p.m., Council will review proposals recommended by the Public Art Commission for physical artwork. Projects recommended for funding include: a $150,000 award for Rockspinners by Zachary Coffin; a $50,000 award for Gateway Columns by Norman Moore; a $25,000 award for the Love Our Island Art Walk by Rhythmix Cultural Works and a $12,500 award for “Astro” mural by Dan Fontes.