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Civic Arts Committee

In 2005, in order to "promote the general welfare through balancing the community's physical growth and revitalization and its cultural and artistic resources", the San Mateo City Council passed an ordinance establishing the Art in Public Places Program.  San Mateo's ordinance calls for a 0.5% building permit fee to be used directly by the developers to commission and install their own art in publicly accessible places within projects that are valued at or greater than $3 million, or to provide the City the required in-lieu fee that then is reserved for City acquisition, installation and maintenance of public art.

You're invited to view the Art in Public Places Gallery showing projects installed to date as part of this program.

The Civic Arts Committee (CAC) was established in 2008 as an advisory board to the City Council to implement the Art in Public Places program. The CAC shall carry out the duties established by Chapter 23.60 of the Municipal Code (Art in Public Places), and follow these established Guidelines for the Art In Public Places.  The Administrative Process outline for this program is specifically provided to assure all developers understand the obligation and know the process in which they will be expected to satisfy that obligation.

Current members are:

  • Diane Papan - City Council Member (non-voting member)  
  • Chair, Robert Gooyer - AIA Architect Representative   
  • Vice Chair, Stephen Tabler - Chamber of Commerce Representative   
  • Dianne Whitaker - City Arts Representative 
  • Lorna Watt - Professional Artist Representative
  • Charlie Drechsler - Planning Commission Representative 

Meeting Information:
On the Second Monday of every other month, or monthly, as needed
Time: 3:30 pm
Location: City Hall, Conference Room C

Contact Information: If you have questions about the Civic Arts Committee or are having trouble viewing the meeting agendas or materials, please send an email to .

Meeting Agendas and Minutes:

Meeting Agendas and Minutes Archive: 2014

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