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Volunteers Sought For Public Art Advisory Committee
April 19, 2002
Five to seven members for the Richmond Public Art Advisory Committee (PAAC) are being recruited.

If you are interested or know someone who might be, contact Arts and Culture Commission Chair: Sydney Barbara Metrick, Ph.D., CPCC
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4449 Wesley Way
El Sobrante, CA 94803
510 223 3882

Richmond's City Council approved a Percent for Art Resolution in 5/97. This resolution authorizes the allocation of one and one-half percent (1.5%) of all eligible City and Redevelopment Agency capital improvement projects costs with budgets in excess of $300,000 for the acquisition of public artwork. The money will be calculated each fiscal year.

The Percent for Art funds may be used to purchase or commission works of art or design elements created by artists; to maintain, repair, or relocate public art or design elements; to fund staffing and administrative costs for implementing the Public Art Program, and to defray other expenses such as community education and outreach. Approximately one percent (1%) will be earmarked for artists' fees and costs, and approximately one-half percent will be set aside for maintenance and conservation of the city's public artwork, community outreach and education, documentation, publicity, and promotion.

The Arts and Culture Commission will administer the Public Art Program and report the activities to the City Council and the Redevelopment Agency. The Commission has established a Public Art Advisory Committee (PAAC) which is comprised of five to seven members who will serve up to two, two-year terms. Up to three members of the Commission may serve on the PAAC which shall be responsible to the Commission by:

* Recommending program policies and procedures
* Recommending public art projects and budgets in the form of a public art annual plan
* Reviewing proposals for pubic art acquisitions and forwarding acceptance or rejections
* Reviewing and recommending acceptance or rejection of all proposed gifts or loans of artwork to the city, and from the city
* Serve as community liaisons, and provide advocacy for the public art program within the city

The Public Art Advisory Committee and the Arts and Culture Commission will develop a Public Art Annual Plan which will identify specific public art projects to be accomplished with the Agency's public art allocations. In adopting a Percent for Art Resolution, the City recognizes the substantial economic benefits to be gained through the aesthetic enhancement of its public spaces, and its increased ability to attract and retain commercial and industrial businesses through an enriched visual environment.