City and County of San FranciscoSan Francisco Arts Commission



Meeting of the Full Arts Commission


Monday, August 5, 2002

3:00 p.m.

25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 70

San Francisco, CA 94102



Vice President Roth called the meeting to order at 3:05 p.m.


    Commissioners Present
    Blanche Brown
    Andrea Cochran
    Rod Freebairn-Smith
    Eddie Marshall
    William Meyer
    Denise Roth
    Barbara Stauffacher Solomon
    Dugald Stermer
    Ethel Pitts Walker

    Commissioners Absent
    Stanlee Gatti
    Ralph Guggenheim
    Kirk Anderson
    Andrew Brother Elk
    Janice Mirikitani
    Dede Wilsey


    The following Resolution was Moved by Vice President Roth, Seconded, and unanimously Adopted:

    RESOLVED, that this Commission does hereby approve the Minutes of the Regular Monthly Meeting of July 1, 2002.




    Director of Cultural Affairs Richard Newirth announced that the African American Art and Culture Complex had a new facility director, London Breed. Ms. Breed was previously on the Treasure Island staff.

    Mr. Newirth discussed a recent conversation with a representative of the Avanti Foundation in reference to establishing community leadership grants and a sabbatical program for nonprofit executives.

    Mr. Newirth reported that Union Square had reopened, and that the light sculptures by R.M. Fischer would be installed next month. The Dewey monument will be restored, and that work will also be completed next month. Members of the Filipino community plan to launch an educational campaign in connection with the restoration of the statue, which commemorates the victory of Admiral George Dewey at Manila Bay during the Spanish American War. A site will be identified for the new plaque, which will be installed some time next year.

    He reported on a meeting with Edgar Lopez, DPW, members of the departments of Parking and Traffic and Planning, and the two Harvey Milk Plaza competition winners. The purpose was to work on a conceptual design to present to city staff. The plan is to take the refined ideas before the Mayor and the Board of Supervisors and then look into ways of funding the project.

    He informed the Commissioners that they would be hearing more about a Hearts of San Francisco campaign. He will have a meeting about that campaign with the Convention and Visitors Bureau's Arts and Tourism Manager.

    He reported that a grant proposal to support the Arts Funders Collaborative will be submitted to the NEA.

    He announced that he had nominated Gallery Director Rupert Jenkins for the annual Managerial Excellence Award.


    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. 0805-02-207: Motion to approve the Civic Design Committee Meeting Minutes of July 15, 2002.
      Explanatory Document: Draft Committee Minutes

    2. RESOLUTION NO. 0805-02-208: Motion to approve the Executive Committee Meeting Minutes of May 21, 2002.
      Explanatory Document: Draft Committee Minutes

    3. RESOLUTION NO. 0805-02-209: Motion to approve the Visual Arts Committee Meeting Minutes of June 19 and July 17, 2002.
      Explanatory Document: Draft Committee Minutes

    4. RESOLUTION NO. 0805-02-210: Motion to approve the Community Arts and Education Committee Meeting Minutes of July 9, 2002.
      Explanatory Document: Draft Committee Minutes

      Civic Design Committee Recommendations (07/15/02)

    5. RESOLUTION NO. 0805-02-211: Motion to approve Rochambeau Playground and Clubhouse Renovation Project, Phase 1 & 2.

    6. RESOLUTION NO. 0805-02-212: Motion to approve the Harding Park and Fleming Golf Course Renovation Maintenance Building and Clubhouse, Phase 1 & 2.

      Visual Arts Committee Recommendations (07/17/02)

    7. RESOLUTION NO. 0805-02-213: Motion to accept into the Civic Art Collection two works by Gwynn Murrill titled Cougar III, 1996-2002, cast bronze, edition 7 of 9 and Tiger 2, 2002, cast bronze, edition 1 of 6 purchased for the San Francisco Zoo.

    8. RESOLUTION NO. 0805-02-214: Motion to accept into the Civic Art Collection a work by Vito Acconci titled Light Beams for the Sky of a Transfer Corridor, 2002, multiple unit installation commissioned for the San Francisco International Airport.

    9. RESOLUTION NO. 0805-02-215: Motion to modify contract with Genevieve Baird by extending Contract POAR02000025-01 to December 31, 2002 and increasing the contract by an amount not to exceed $10,000 for a total contract amount of $60,000.

    10. RESOLUTION NO. 0805-02-216: Motion to approve the mural design by lead artist Ellen Rodgers and SOMARTS/Mural Resource Center, at Marshall School, 1571 15th Street, funded by Neighborhood Beautification.

    11. RESOLUTION NO. 0805-02-217: Authorization to approve the following additional artist selection panelists for the Recreation and Parks Department Projects: Heidi Hardin, Jeannene Przyblyski, Rene' Yanez, Kate Randall, Mark Brest Van Kempen, Keiko Nelson, and Lizzetta Lefalle-Collins.

    12. RESOLUTION NO. 0805-02-218: Motion to approve commission of an artist to develop a tile design for the Laguna Honda Hospital pool with a budget not to exceed $10,000 for design.

    13. RESOLUTION NO. 0805-02-219: Motion to approve the completion of the Design Development phase of Cliff Garten's design contract for the link building and two resident floors.

      Community Arts & Education Committee Recommendations (07/09/02)

    14. RESOLUTION NO. 0805-02-220: Motion to renew contracts with WritersCorps teachers Cathy Arellano for up to $29,000, Michelle Matz for $27,000, Chad Sweeney, Dani Montgomery, Gloria Yamato each for up to $26,000, Uchechi Kalu, Jime Salcedo Malo, and Ishle Park each for up to $22,000 (not to exceed a total of $200,000.00) from 09/01/02 to 06/30/03, from DCYF and Youth Arts Funds.

    15. RESOLUTION NO. 0805-02-221: Motion to renew contract with Kim Nelson, WritersCorps Poet-In-Residence at Log Cabin Ranch from 09/01/02 to 6/30/03 for up to $30,000, plus a travel allowance of up to $5000 (for a total of up to $35,000) from Juvenile Probation Funds.

    16. RESOLUTION NO. 0805-02-222: Motion to renew contract with WritersCorps Training Coordinator Judith Tannenbaum from 09/01/02 to 08/30/03 for up to $35,000.00 from DCYF and Juvenile Probation Funds.

    17. RESOLUTION NO. 0805-02-223: Motion to approve a $5,000 award to the Arts Education Funders Collaborative for the 2001/2002 FY from Youth Arts Fund.

    18. RESOLUTION NO. 0805-02-224: Motion to approve the transfer of $100,000 from the Hotel Tax Fund to Intersection for the Arts for AAACC.

  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.

        Commissioner Meyer commented on the reopening of Union Square. He said that the open design made the square a more visually and physically accessible place.

        Commissioner Freebairn-Smith expressed concern about the presence of skateboarders at Union Square and the extent of the damage that already occurred. In Commission discussion, it was suggested that enforcement was the Union Square Association's responsibility, since its members pay business improvement taxes for janitorial and security services. It was also pointed out that when more activity was resumed, the presence of more people would discourage skateboarding.

    2. Visual Arts Committee -- Ralph Guggenheim, Chair

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

    3. Executive Committee -- Stanlee Gatti, Chair

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

      2. RESOLUTION NO. 0805-02-225: Motion to approve the Art Gallery FY 2002-2003 budget.

      3. RESOLUTION NO. 0805-02-226: Motion to approve additions of the following individuals to the Cultural Equity Grants panel pool:
        Byron Johnson, Director of Fund Development for the East Bay Asian Local Development Corporation
        Charles Fernandez, Tides Foundation,
        James Kass, Youth Speaks
        Ricardo Gomes, associate professor of Design and Industry at San Francisco State University

    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 no Committee meeting had been held the previous month. Program director Howard Lazar announced that issues of permit violation and disruption of the lottery process would be addressed at the next Committee meeting.

      2. RESOLUTION NO. 0805-02-227: Motion to request by former certificate-holder for priority issuance of certificate with waiver of re-screening of wares: Joe Murphy, Lily Liu, Adrian J. Coventry, John Embrey.

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

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

        In response to a question from Commissioner Walker regarding the transfer of $100,000 from the Hotel Tax Fund to Intersection for the Arts for AAACC, Mr. Newirth said that the entire budget for that center, which will be slightly under $400,000, will be coming before the Committee. The new director London Breed is optimistic about the potential for bringing in new funds. The budgets for the other three cultural centers have already been approved.

  7. Reports and Announcements

    Commissioner Freebairn-Smith informed the Commission about an upcoming Landmarks Board meeting on the Beach Chalet.

  8. Public Comment

  9. Adjournment

    There being no further business, the Meeting adjourned at 3:40 p.m.

    Approved by Richard Newirth, Director of Cultural affairs


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