WE WORK COOPERATIVELY WITH THE CITY COUNCIL, CITY BOARDS AND COMMISSIONS, AND OTHER PUBLIC AND PRIVATE ORGANIZATIONS IN CREATING AND PROMOTING ART AND CULTURAL PROGRAMS AND ACTIVITIES WITHIN THE CITY.
The Public Art Initiative
Primary Goal: To develop a more vibrant, visible, and coordinated Public Arts Program to enhance the city’s landscape, cultural ecosphere and overall quality of life.
Secondary Goal: To expand Benicia’s public art identity as a destination community for both visitors as well as artists which results (as noted in the American for the Arts study) in needed enhanced revenue streams.
The Public Art Initiative is a multi-layered program set to begin with decorating city-owned traffic control boxes. This is the first step in the implementation of a comprehensive public art initiative. Eventually, the program will include murals, benches, trash cans, picnic tables, city entrances and sculptures in both the historic and non-historic parts of the city.
David Dodd, Director of Library and Cultural Services, said that public art should reinforce the location chosen. “Installations meant for both the City’s historic and non-historical areas will be considered,” he said. The Commission is looking primarily for Bay Area artists to answer the call and provide the enhancements to the local art ecosphere and the Board will award stipends per project
Please see the informational overview and application available at the Benicia Public Library, 200 East L Street in Benicia, or by going to the Call for Artists webpage.
The funding for this initiative comes from funds raised through events throughout the year, including events held at the historic Majestic Theater, the Benicia Film Festival, and other city-wide events.
Grant Funding: The City of Benicia provides funding to nonprofit arts and culture organizations based in Benicia, with oversight of the grants being performed by the Arts and Culture Commission. Information on the 2017-19 grant cycle is available here, and funding recommendations will be made in spring 2017. In 2015-17, the City Council approved the allocation of grant funds to the following organizations:
Arts and culture commission members
The Arts and Culture Commission works cooperatively with council, city boards, and commissions, and other public and private organizations in creating and promoting art and cultural programs and activities within the city.
Arts and Culture Commission meetings are held at 6:30 PM in the Edna Cline Room in the library every second Thursday of the month. These meetings are open to the public.
• Frances Fields – term ends January 31, 2020
• Susan Garske – term ends January 31, 2020
• Gethsemane Moss – term ends January 31, 2021
• Deanne O'Connor (Vice Chair) – term ends July 31, 2021
• Terry Scott (Chair) – term ends July 31, 2021