Benicia’s ongoing Public Art initiative received a significant boost last week with a major donation from Valero Benicia Refinery to support the City of Benicia’s Arts & Culture Commission’s five-phase citywide art program.
Valero donated $19,900 to the Benicia Library Foundation’s Friends of Public Art program for support of the Commission’s ongoing efforts. Valero’s Paul Adler, Director of Community and Government Affairs, arranged for the gift by Valero. Terry Scott, Chair of the City’s Arts & Culture Commission, accepted the check on behalf of the Friends of Public Art Benicia.
According to Adler, “Valero is proud to sponsor this important city project. Benicia has been our home almost 50 years and we are proud of our commitment to help our community. This partnership with the Benicia Arts and Culture Commission allows the refinery to work with local artists to energize and execute public art throughout the city.”
Scott noted that “these funds will be used to continue the well-received traffic signal box decoration program, implement a public bench and city entrance art beautification program as well as to begin work on a wide range of other Public Art initiatives that will be eventually reviewed and approved by city council prior to implementation.”
The Friends of Public Art Benicia is a new organization, founded to support the work of the Arts & Culture Commission, and operates currently under the umbrella of the Benicia Library Foundation to raise funds for public art in Benicia. Visit https://www.facebook.com/FoPABenicia for more information and to stay current with the group’s activities.