City and County of San FranciscoSan Francisco Arts Commission



Meeting of the Full Arts Commission


Monday, July 1, 2002

3:00 p.m.

25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 70

San Francisco, CA 94102



Commissioner Guggenheim called the meeting to order at 3:10 p.m.


    Commissioners Present
    Kirk Anderson
    Blanche Brown
    Andrew Brother Elk
    Rod Freebairn-Smith
    Ralph Guggenheim
    Eddie Marshall
    William Meyer
    Janice Mirikitani
    Barbara Stauffacher Solomon
    Dugald Stermer

    Commissioners Absent
    Andrea Cochran
    Stanlee Gatti
    Denise Roth
    Ethel Pitts Walker
    Dede Wilsey


    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 June 3, 2002.




    Director of Cultural Affairs Richard Newirth reported on the status of the budget. He said the General Fund budget for the department had been cut two percent. The most substantial decreases are in the Hotel Tax Fund funding, which supports the Cultural Equity Grants program and the cultural centers. Both of those programs will absorb substantial reductions of approximately 10 percent each, totaling about half a million dollars.

    He reported on the success of the June WritersCorps event, which included a performance by Commissioner Marshall before the readings. He added that the previous Friday had been the deadline for applications from prospective new WritersCorps teachers. Though all this year's teachers are staying for another year, the program plans to recruit one or two additional teachers.

    He updated the Commissioners on the developments surrounding the African American Art and Culture Complex in the Western Addition. He said the building is being used more by community groups, including the Black Leadership Forum. He has listened to the concerns of long-time community residents and has being working with both those community members and the artists. He has suggested that one way for them to come together is to figure out what they can do with what little money there is. There is a need for an ad hoc community group and the curatorial group of artists to collaborate on a programmatic plan during the current difficult financial period. Then the two groups can deal with the larger vision of what the center should be. They need to work together on programming and leadership for the future. Mr. Newirth added that he was beginning to observe tolerance on the part of both groups; some cutting edge work was being acknowledged by the community residents and more traditional work was being acknowledged by the art groups.

    He announced the initial dedication date for the redesigned Union Square on July 24. Funding for restoration of the Dewey Monument has been received, but the work cannot begin until after the square is done. He updated the Commissioners on input from the Filipino community in reference to text for the Dewey plaque and commented on the agreement between those community members and the Arts Commission on what should be done. The Filipino representatives also plan to launch a year-long community education effort.

    He reported on his participation on a recent KQED Forum show, which focused on the proposed CAC budget cuts. Both the State Senate and the Assembly have voted to restore 50% of the $14 million cut, and the Forum show aired while the Conference Committee meeting was taking place.

    He said that Academy of Sciences staff people had given him a preview of the new facility and would be making an informational presentation in the fall.

    Reporting on the Harvey Milk project, he said that DPW had identified some funding to give to the competition winners to develop their ideas and possible implementations of their proposals. Funding at this stage is limited, but the goal is to present some options, and a rough idea of the cost, to the Mayor and the Board of Supervisors.


    RESOLUTION NO. 0701-02-179:
    Approval: RESOLVED, that this Commission does hereby adopt the following items on the amended Consent Calendar and their related Resolutions:

    Approval of Committee Minutes

    1. RESOLUTION NO. 0701-02-180: Motion to approve the Civic Design Committee Meeting Minutes of June 17, 2002.
      Explanatory Document: Draft Committee Minutes

    2. RESOLUTION NO. 0701-02-181: Motion to approve the Executive Committee Meeting Minutes of June 18, 2002.
      Explanatory Document: Draft Committee Minutes

    3. RESOLUTION NO. 0701-02-182: Motion to approve the special Visual Arts Committee Meeting Minutes of May 22, 2002.
      Explanatory Document: Draft Committee Minutes

    4. RESOLUTION NO. 0701-02-183: Motion to approve the Street Artists Committee Meeting Minutes of June 12, 2002.
      Explanatory Document: Draft Committee Minutes

    5. RESOLUTION NO. 0701-02-184: Motion to approve the Community Arts and Education Committee Meeting Minutes of May 28, 2002.
      Explanatory Document: Draft Committee Minutes

      Civic Design Committee Recommendations (06/17/02)

    6. RESOLUTION NO. 0701-02-185: Motion to approve the Bison Paddock, Phase 1,2,3.

    7. RESOLUTION NO. 0701-02-186 Motion to approve the Laguna Honda Hospital Replacement Project, Phase 1,2.

    8. RESOLUTION NO. 0701-02-187: Motion to approve the North Beach Pool Renovation, Phase 2.

    9. RESOLUTION NO. 0701-02-188: Motion to approve the Helen wills Playground and Clubhouse Renovation, Phase 1.

      Executive Committee Recommendations (06/18/02)

    10. RESOLUTION NO. 0701-02-177: Motion to approve for the Director of Cultural Affairs to enter into contract with the San Francisco Symphony in the amount of $1,090,779 for the 2002 Summer in the City concert series.

    11. RESOLUTION NO. 0701-02-189: Motion to approve the following Public Art Fund allocations to complete FY 2001-02:

      · $10,000 for computer equipment and software
      · $3,000 for administrative expenses; office supplies, printing, etc.
      · $ 3,000 to replace suite 70 chairs
      Total PAF allocation: $16,000

    12. RESOLUTION NO. 0701-02-190: Motion to approve the following Public Art Fund allocations for FY 2002-03.

      · $280,407 for salaries and benefits (gallery director, CAE, civic design and collections program assistants, public information officer, senior accountant)
      · $3,000 staff business travel
      · $4,000 agency memberships
      · $35,000 for gallery programs
      Total PAF allocation: $322,407

      Visual Arts Committee Recommendations (06/19/02)

    13. RESOLUTION NO. 0701-02-191: Motion to approve six original posters designs by artist Megan Wilson to be exhibited in Market Street kiosks from August 16 to November 14, 2002 as part of the Market Street Art in Transit Kiosk Poster Series.

    14. RESOLUTION NO. 0701-02-192: Motion to approve an artist selection panel pool including Megan Wilson, Laurie Lazar, Darryl Smith, James Bewley, Isis Rodriguez, Steve Pon, and Carmen Lomas Garza to recommend artists for the 2003 Market Street Art in Transit Kiosk Poster Series.

    15. RESOLUTION NO. 0701-02-193: Motion to approve the mural design by lead artist Gabriela Lujan and SOMARTS/Mural Resource Center, at 48 Balmy Alley, funded by Neighborhood Beautification.

    16. RESOLUTION NO. 0701-02-194: Motion to approve the mural design by lead artist Jessica Sowards and youth from the Boys and Girls Club, Mission Unit, at 685 Florida Street, funded by Neighborhood Beautification.

    17. RESOLUTION NO. 0701-02-195: Motion to approve honoraria payment of $1,500 to Stephanie Sekallaris, aka Stephanie Snyder, for the catalog design and essay writing - Film Show.

    18. RESOLUTION NO. 0701-02-196: Motion to approve artist Vicki Saull's revised design concepts for North Beach Pool and the adjoining Recreation Center.

    19. RESOLUTION NO. 0701-02-197: Motion to authorize the Director of Cultural Affairs to increase Vicki Saull's existing contract with City (CT280PUB4312) for the North Beach Pool by $32,000 in new Art Enrichment funds generated by the facility's new capital improvement budget, so that she can fabricate and install the designs approved above.

    20. RESOLUTION NO. 0701-02-198: Motion to approve the following pool for potential jurors for the selection of sculpture for Boarding Area C at the S.F. International Airport: Karen Tsjimoto, Steven Nash, Lizzette LeFalle-Collins, Janet Bishop, Jim Melchert, and Connie Lewallen.

    21. RESOLUTION NO. 0701-02-199: Motion to approve a new project: for the Laguna Honda Hospital Art Enrichment Program 5 landscape sculptures with budgets between $30,000 and $50,000.

      Street Artists Committee Recommendations (06/12/02)

    22. RESOLUTION NO. 0701-02-200: Motion to approve authorization of Program Director to request Board of Supervisors for permanent designation of five (5) former temporary winter holiday season street artist spaces: "Z-3", "Z-4" (Market Street, south side, at 4th Street, adjacent to Old Navy and Walgreen stores) and "Z-40", "Z-41", and "Z-42" (Market Street, north side, at Montgomery Street, adjacent to Crocker Plaza).

    23. RESOLUTION NO. 0701-02-201: Motion to approve continuation of amended lottery procedures to allow street artists to enter into the lotteries names of street artists not present at the lotteries.

  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. Visual Arts Committee -- Ralph Guggenheim, Chair

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

        Commissioner Guggenheim said the Committee had considered the two Moscone Center projects. He reported that the 525 Golden Gate Avenue project had been canceled.

      2. RESOLUTION NO. 0701-02-202: Motion to approve the addition of artists recommended by the Branch Library Improvement Artist Selection Panel to the Branch Library Improvement Prequalified Artist Candidate Pool: Colette Crutcher, Mark Roller, Scott Donahue, Peter Mollica, Vickie Jo Sowell, Mel Smothers, and Arthur Stern.

      3. RESOLUTION NO. 0701-02-203: Motion to authorize the Director of Cultural Affairs to enter into final contract with artist team of Diller and Scofidio for final implementation of their artwork entitiled "Facsimile" at Moscone Center West for a total amount not to exceed $447,452.

    3. Executive Committee -- Stanlee Gatti, Chair

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

        Commissioner Guggenheim said that discussion had focused on the budget.

    4. Street Artists Committee --Dugald Stermer, Chair

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

        Commissioner Stermer said that a few spaces had been added from the holiday allotment to the year-round allotment.

      2. RESOLUTION NO. 0701-02-204: Motion to request by former certificate-holder for priority issuance of certificate with waiver of re-screening of wares: John Paul A. Cracas, Yang Chen, Adele Manekis, Laura Jacobs, Carlos Boruzo.

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

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

  7. Reports and Announcements

    Commissioner Meyer commented on the progress of the Union Square renovation, the exciting and more accessible design, and the fabulous materials being used.

    Commissioner Marshall inquired about collaboration between the Arts Commission and Cuban artists. He expressed his interest in bringing visual artists from Cuba to San Francisco.

    Commissioner Stermer said that he would give him the contact information for a representative in New York who runs the Center for Cuban Studies there and frequently shows work by artists from that country. It was also suggested that MOMA, which recently presented a show of Cuban art, might have additional connections.

    In response to a comment from Commissioner Freebairn-Smith about including the landscape architect in plans for the Dewey Monument plaque, Mr. Newirth emphasized that there would be collaboration between the Arts Commission, the Filipino community, the landscape architect, the project manager and the Union Square Association.

  8. Public Comment

  9. Adjournment

    There being no further business, the Meeting adjourned at 3:55 p.m.

    Approved by Richard Newirth, Director of Cultural affairs


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