City and County of San FranciscoSan Francisco Arts Commission



Meeting of the Full Arts Commission


Monday, June 3, 2002

3:00 p.m.

25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 70

San Francisco, CA 94102



Commissioner Guggenheim called the meeting to order at 3:15 p.m.


    Commissioners Present
    Andrea Cochran
    Rod Freebairn-Smith
    Ralph Guggenheim
    Eddie Marshall
    Janice Mirikitani
    Barbara Stauffacher Solomon
    Dugald Stermer
    Ethel Pitts Walker
    Dede Wilsey

    Commissioners Absent
    Kirk Anderson
    Stanlee Gatti
    Blanche Brown
    Andrew Brother Elk
    William Meyer
    Denise Roth


    The following Resolution was Moved by Commissioner Guggenheim, Seconded, and unanimously Adopted:

    RESOLVED, that this Commission does hereby approve the Minutes of the Regular Monthly Meeting of May 13, 2002.




    Director of Cultural Affairs Richard Newirth introduced the new CAE Program Director Judy Nemzoff

    Ms. Nemzoff said that she had recently served on a Cultural Equity Grant panel and had been involved in the local performing arts community for 20 years. She is a former talent scout, and her most recent positions have been Manager of the Convention and Visitors Bureau's Arts and Tourism program and Marketing Director for the San Francisco S.P.C.A.

    Mr. Newirth thanked Jewelle Gomez, Nancy Gonchar, Carol Marie Daniels, and the members of the CAE and CEG staffs for their hard work and patience during the transition.

    Mr. Newirth announced the upcoming annual WritersCorps event on Wednesday, June 5, celebrating the publication of the program's newest anthology titled Believe Me, I Know. Commissioner Freebairn-Smith congratulated the program staff.

    Mr. Newirth also announced that the Arts Commission's public art program had been profiled as one of the top eight in the country in a new book titled Designing the World's Best Public Art. The book also profiles several artists that the San Francisco program has commissioned.

    Mr. Newirth reported that the Mayor was currently delivering his budget to the Board of Supervisors at their regularly scheduled meeting. Under a new procedure that had been established this year, preliminary budget hearings had been held to familiarize the supervisors with department operations. The next series of budget hearings will begin later in the month. He said that a 3% cut had been mandated for all departments, and that it had been proposed that the city would meet that requirement and avoid layoffs by reducing contributions to individual retirement plans by 2.75% for the upcoming year. Most of the unions, except for the largest one, have tentatively agreed.

    He announced the scheduling of another meeting on the Harvey Milk project. The two winners of the competition will be present, and possibilities for developing their designs beyond the concept phase will be discussed.

    He reviewed the status of the state budget and the original 57% cut from the California Arts Council budget. Subsequently both the Assembly and Senate subcommittees voted to restore $7 million to the CAC budget. The CAC director intends to retain every program at some level. Mr. Newirth said that support for individual artists through residency, tourism, and multicultural grants programs were eliminated in the May budget presented by the governor.

    He reported on the recent productive meeting at the African American Art and Culture Complex. He commended Commissioner Walker on the leadership she had shown in eliminating the distinction between artists and community members and bringing the two factions together.

    Mr. Newirth announced that Civic Art Collection assistant Jessica Goodson was leaving the Arts Commission and moving to Germany for personal reasons.


    Consent Calendar item 5 was removed from the Calendar.

    RESOLUTION NO. 0603-02-148:
    Approval: RESOLVED, that this Commission does hereby adopt the following items on the amended Consent Calendar and their related Resolutions:

    Joint Civic Design and Visual ArtsCommittee Recommendations (04/17/02)

    1. RESOLUTION NO. 0603-02-149: Motion to continue discussion of the project Emperor Norton Memorial in the Visual Arts Committee Meeting on May 22, 2002.

      Civic Design Committee Recommendations (05/20/02)

    2. RESOLUTION NO. 0603-02-150: Motion to approve Federal Reserve Bank of San Francisco, Perimeter Security Enhancements, Phase 1,2,3.

    3. RESOLUTION NO. 0603-02-151: Motion to approve Minnie and Lovie Ward Recreation Center, Phase 1.

    4. RESOLUTION NO. 0603-02-152: Motion to approve Broadway Streetscape Improvement Project from Montgomery to Battery streets only, Phase 2 excluding proposed trash receptacle design and street light design. Subsequent blocks will be reviewed separately.

      Special Civic Design Committee Recommendations (05/22/02)

    5. Motion to approve Laguna Honda Hospital Replacement Project Phase 1 and 2, contingent upon review of window design at core and at top level of resident buildings prior to June 3rd Full Commission Meeting.

      Executive Committee Recommendations (05/21/02)

    6. RESOLUTION NO. 0603-02-153: Motion to approve recommendations for 34 grants totaling $455,100 in the 2002 cycle of Organizational Project Grants.

    7. RESOLUTION NO. 0603-02-154: Motion to approve the addition of the following individuals to the Cultural Equity Grants Panel Pool:
      Kim Cook, consultant, former Executive Director of Theater Artaud
      Helene York, General Manager A Traveling Jewish Theater
      Leon Lee, Flutist and staff member of NAATA

      Community Arts & Education Committee Recommendations (05/28/02)

    8. RESOLUTION NO. 0603-02-155: Motion to approve Neighborhood Festival grants of $33,000 from 2002-03 Grants for the Arts funds to the following organizations:

      Bernal Heights Neighborhood Center, Fiesta on the Hill $3,250
      Every Child Can Learn Foundation, San Francisco Youth Arts Festival $3,250
      Intersection for the Arts, Arts Providers Alliance $1,000
      New Direction, Bayview/Hunters Point 4th of July Picnic $3,250
      Potrero Hill Neighborhood House, Inc., Festival 2002 $3,250
      Precita Eyes Muralists Assoc., Inc., Urban Youth Arts Festival $3,250
      Rescue Culture Collective, Dia de los Muertos $3,250
      San Francisco SAFE, Sixth Annual Holiday Unity Parade & Rally $3,250
      SOMA Youth Festival, SOMA Youth Festival $3,250
      Sunset District Community Development, Sunset Community Festival $3,250
      Treasure Island Homeless Development Initiative, Treasure Island Community Day $3,250
      TOTAL $33,000

    9. RESOLUTION NO. 0603-02-156: Motion to approve Bayview Opera House Ruth Williams Memorial Theater budget modification to reflect inclusion of $33,578 from the 2000-2001 Hotel Tax Fund for a budget total of $335,139 for fiscal year 2001-2002.

    10. RESOLUTION NO. 0603-02-157: Motion to approve the proposed Bayview Opera House Ruth Williams Memorial Theater, Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, and South of Market Cultural Centers' 2002-2003 Management and Programming Plans and Budgets, from Cultural Center Line Item Hotel Tax Funds, contingent upon receipt of required audited financial reports and Community Support Group Meeting minutes.

      Bayview Opera House $289,307
      Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts $545,894
      South of Market Cultural Center $914,476
      TOTAL ALLOCATION $1,749,677

      Visual Arts Committee Recommendations (05/22/02)

    11. RESOLUTION NO. 0603-02-158: Motion for the Director of Cultural Affairs to enter into contract with Stuart Dean for the conservation of the Dewey Monument in Union Square for an amount not to exceed $90,000.

    12. RESOLUTION NO. 0603-02-159: Motion to accept into the Civic Art Collection the tile mural by artist JoeSam titled "Wade in Water," 2001, consisting of 900 glazed ceramic tiles 12 x 12" installed on five walls in the new Martin Luther King Swimming Pool covering approximately 3,712 square feet.

    13. RESOLUTION NO. 0603-02-160: Motion to accept into the Civic Art Collection an installation by artists Jon Rubin and Harrell Fletcher, "Photos of People from the Neighborhood Enlarged and Attached to the Building, and Fortunes in the Parking Spaces," 2002, consisting of 11 30"-34" wide porcelain-enameled steel medallions and stenciled fortunes painted on the concrete floor at the end of each parking space at the North Beach Parking Garage at 735 Vallejo Street.

    14. RESOLUTION NO. 0603-02-161: Motion to authorize the Director of Cultural Affairs to enter into a contract for $10,000 with Jeffrey Brown for architectural landscape and art consulting services at the Sunnydale Pump Station Endangered Garden Public Art Project.

    15. RESOLUTION NO. 0603-02-162: Motion to authorize the Director of Cultural Affairs to enter into a contract for $24,000 with Glass Block Designs for repairs and modifications to the Embarcadero Ribbon Sculpture.

    16. RESOLUTION NO. 0603-02-163: Motion to authorize Jud Fine and Barbara McCarren to change the color of the granite in the "Split Mound" from "Radiant Red" to "Kenoran Sage" and the finish to an all polished surface.

    17. RESOLUTION NO. 0603-02-164: Motion to approve the mural design by lead artist Santi Huckaby on the exterior of Hamilton Swimming Pool at the corner of Steiner and Post Streets, funded by Neighborhood Beautification.

    18. RESOLUTION NO. 0603-02-165: Motion to approve the mural design by Josef Norris at 1849 Harrison Street, funded by Gerbode Foundation, Irvine Foundation, Grants for the Arts, and a grant from the San Francisco Arts Commission.

    19. RESOLUTION NO. 0603-02-166: Motion to approve content of video program for Diller/Scofidio public art project at Moscone Center Expansion Project.

    20. ESOLUTION NO. 0603-02-167: Motion to approve completion of the interior artwork carvings by Shum, Shu Gordon LLC for the Moscone Expansion Project.

    21. RESOLUTION NO. 0603-02-168: Motion to approve City Site exhibition by Reuben Lorch-Miller, to open June 30, 2002.

    22. RESOLUTION NO. 0603-02-169: Motion to approve a letter of support encouraging the Arts Commission to work with Treasure Island staff on the preservation of the Treasure Island Museum.

    23. RESOLUTION NO. 0603-02-170: Motion to authorize the Director of Cultural Affairs to enter into an Agreement with Atthowe Fine Arts for an amount not to exceed $50,000 to design and engineer and construct sculpture footings and bases and to transport and install 4 - 6 sculptures at San Francisco International Airport.

    24. RESOLUTION NO. 0603-02-171: Motion to approve the Revised Public Art Guidelines, dated May 1, 2002.

    25. RESOLUTION NO. 0603-02-172: Motion to increase Owen Smith's contract by $3,000 to develop a design proposal for paintings for the link building lobby.

    26. RESOLUTION NO. 0603-02-173: Motion to approve Mark Henry Campbell, Mike Mandel, Ellen Oppenheimer, Ann Preston, Merle Axelrad Serlin, and Nita Winter as a pre-qualified pool of artists to be considered by Laguna Honda Hospital for a commission to design artwork for the third floor elevator lobby of the link building.

    27. RESOLUTION NO. 0603-02-174: Motion to approve Chris Johnson, Marie Lovelace O'Neil, Winifred Day, and Katherine Spencer as selection panelists for Ocean View Recreation Center.

  6. Committee Reports

    1. Civic Design Committee--Stanlee Gatti, Chair

      1. Report from Chair of Civic Design Committee regarding activities of the Committee and the Program.

      2. Commissioner Freebairn-Smith said that the largest item before the Committee was the Laguna Honda Project, and that numerous meetings had been held to review the models and drawings. He said that Consent Calendar item 5, relating to that project, had been withdrawn in order to give the architects the opportunity to meet certain conditions. He said that the Committee was asking for modifications, and that another session would be held at the architects' office.

    2. Visual Arts Committee -- Ralph Guggenheim, Chair

      1. Report from Chair of Visual Arts Committee regarding activities of the Committee and the Program.

        Commissioner Guggenheim reported on the progress that had been made on the Moscone Expansion Center projects. At the May 22 Special Committee Meeting, artist Liz Diller had shown the Diller and Scofidio team's proposed content for the video screens of the exterior project, The interior project was also moving forward.

        The following item, VI-2-b, was removed from the Calendar.

      2. Motion for the Director of Cultural Affairs to extend contract with Griswold Conservation Associates LLC for Art Conservation at the 911 Center until June 30, 2002.

      3. RESOLUTION NO. 0603-02-175: Motion to approve the design concept of a mural by lead artist Susan Cervantes to be installed on an interior wall in the offices of the San Francisco Environment Department at 11 Grove Street, funded by the General Fund, based on the project description and lead artist's qualifications, and with the stipulation that final design of the mural shall be approved by the Arts Commission prior to authorization to proceed.

    3. Executive Committee -- Stanlee Gatti, Chair

      1. Report from Chair of Executive Committee regarding activities of the Committee and the Program.

    4. Street Artists Committee --Dugald Stermer, Chair

      1. Report from Chair of Street Artists Committee regarding activities of the Committee and the Program.

      2. RESOLUTION NO. 0603-02-176: Motion to request by former certificate-holder for priority issuance of certificate with waiver of re-screening of wares:Ed Brandstetter, Susan Ji, Paul Mallette, Daniel L. de Guevara, Pedro Hidalgo, Lukkana Laoaskunchai.

    5. Community Arts & Education --Denise Roth, Chair

      1. Report from Chair of Community Arts & Education Committee regarding activities of the Committee and the Program.

        Commissioner Marshall commended Commissioner Walker for her role at the community meeting at the African American Art and Culture Complex.

        Mr. Newirth reiterated the point that the arts people and the community people were one group. He said that the focus was the African American community and the Western Addition. He remarked on the Center's potential to be many things for many people.

        Commissioner Walker commented on the urgent need to establish a nonprofit in the Center so that fundraising could begin.

  7. Reports and Announcements

    In reference to the civic design review of the Laguna Honda project, Commissioner Freebairn-Smith emphasized for the record that the Committee would approve phases 1 and 2, and that only details still required approval.

  8. Public Comment

    WritersCorps teacher Gloria Yamato thanked the Arts Commission for its support of the program. She reported on the national slam event, which she had attended with the two winning WritersCorps youth from San Francisco. She commented on the opportunity for the youth from the three cities to interact with one another and with established poets. She urged the Commissioners to attend the June 5 reading.

  9. Adjournment

    There being no further business, the Meeting adjourned at 4:15 p.m.

    Approved by Richard Newirth, Director of Cultural affairs


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