Arts & Culture Commission

About the Commission

The Arts and Culture Commission (ACC) consists of seven members who demonstrate a commitment to various arts disciplines, including but not limited to fine arts, visual arts, performing arts, literary arts, art history, and arts education.

The ACC is charged with oversight of the Arts in Public Places Program, which requires certain development projects to contribute 1% of construction costs to public art, and is responsible for acquisition, funding, and placement of public art in the City on public property. The ACC is also juries the City Hall Gallery Space, located on the second floor of City Hall at 10890 San Pablo Avenue.

In 2013, the Commission adopted a Mission Statement:

It is the mission of the Arts and Culture Commission to advise the City Council of the needs of the artistic and cultural community; encourage and promote arts programs and events that engage community members and local businesses to build a flourishing and vibrant arts and cultural environment; provide advice to artists and arts/cultural organizations by sponsoring forums, programs, and events; carry out the Arts in Public Places program, and upon request, advise the City with respect to possible sources of funding.

Work Plan

In 2013, the Commission adopted the City's first "Arts and Culture Master Plan". The Plan is intended to shape a vision for arts and culture in the City of El Cerrito and guides the Commission on decisions regarding public art.

Download the ACC's Work Plan.

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Enabling Legislation

E.C.M.C. 2.04.310


Ruth Cazden, Chair
Allison Cooper
Richard Fernandez
George Gager
Amei Papitto
Judith Tannenbaum, Vice-Chair
Christopher Walsh

Council Liaison

Paul Fadelli

Staff Liaison

Maya Williams, Assistant to the City Manager


7:00 pm
Fourth Monday of each month
City Hall, Council Chambers
10890 San Pablo Ave.
El Cerrito, CA


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  1. Erin McClusky Wheeler announced as next ECCRU Artist in Residence

    El Cerrito, Calif. – October 25, 2018 – The El Cerrito Arts & Culture Commission is proud to announce Erin McClusky Wheeler as the City’s next El Cerrito Creative Reuse (ECCRU) Artist in Residence. Her 6 - month term will begin November 1, 2018. The ECCR Read on...
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