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 requires the program allocation shall be established by City Council resolution and based upon total building valuation, excluding land acquisition and off-site improvement costs. Current fee (for project applications as of 1/15/2022) calls for 1.19% total building valuation. The fee applies to all commercial development projects and multi-family projects with a total building valuation greater than $3 million. That fee shall be computed using the latest building valuation data as set forth by the International Conference of Building Officials (ICBO) unless, in the opinion of the Building Official, a different valuation measure should be used.
Developers may apply the obligated fee amount to commission and install their own art in publicly accessible places within projects. Alternatively, if developers do not wish to install art, the City requires the in-lieu fee that is then reserved for the City's public art program. Projects may also do both; if installed art is less than the required obligation, they may pay the balance in-lieu. The Art in Public Places funds are restricted to art-related activities that include, but are not limited to, the acquisition, installation, maintenance, and administration of the City's public art program.
- Art in Public Places Gallery You’re invited to view the completed 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. Below are documents that establish and implement the program.
- Chapter 23.60 of the Municipal Code (Art in Public Places): CAC shall carry out the duties established by this ordinance.
- Guidelines for Art In Public Places: CAC follows these guidelines for selection & approval.
- Art In Public Places Administrative Process: Defines the process applicants are expected to follow to satisfy the required obligation.
Date: On the Second Monday of every other month
Time: 4:00-5:30 pm
Location: San Mateo City Hall, Conference Room C, 330 West 20th Avenue
City Civic Arts Committee utilizes the City’s Public Meeting Portal. You can search by date and committee name for prior meetings information.
Regular Meetings in 2023
- January 9, 2023
- March 13, 2023
- May 8, 2023
- July 10, 2023
- September 11, 2023
- November 6, 2023
Special Meetings in 2023
Regular Meetings in 2024
- January 8, 2024
- March 11, 2024
- May 13, 2024
- July 8, 2024
- September 9, 2024
- Tue., November 12, 2024 in honor of Veteran's Day
Current members are:
Civic Arts Committee members are reappointed with the bi-annual renewal of the Civic Arts Committee by the City Council. Committee officers' terms are concurrent with the 2-year term of the Committee.
If you have questions about the Civic Arts Committee or are having trouble viewing the meeting agendas or materials, please email the Civic Arts Committee.