Public Art Discussion to Resume on Jan. 18


Many of the artists who contribute to Alameda’s vibrant art scene are concerned about the future of the City of Alameda’s Public Art Fund. In recent meetings of the Public Art Commission, members of the public questioned the method the city has established to disburse funds contributed to the program. It appeared that an open bidding process using formal requests for proposals (RFP) hadn’t been established. 

The city has announced that a Public Art Commission meeting will be held at 7 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 18, in City Council Chambers, that will allow the public to discuss two main topics.

  • The public will consider an amendment updating the Public Art Ordinance. The proposed amendment is categorically exempt from further environmental review pursuant to State California Environmental Quality Act (CEQA) Guidelines 15305 Minor Alterations to Land Use Limitations.
  • The public will consider topics related to a draft request for proposals (RFP) for physical public art, and cultural arts and arts programming in the City of Alameda. Consideration of a draft RFP is not a project under CEQA.

Staff reports for this meeting were expected to be published yesterday, after press time.