City and County of San FranciscoSan Francisco Arts Commission



Special Meeting of the Full Arts Commission


Monday, September 9, 2002

3:00 p.m.

25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 70

San Francisco, CA 94102



President Gatti called the meeting to order at 3:10 p.m.


    Commissioners Present
    Stanlee Gatti
    Blanche Brown
    Andrew Brother Elk
    Rod Freebairn-Smith
    Eddie Marshall
    William Meyer
    Janice Mirikitani
    Denise Roth
    Dugald Stermer
    Dede Wilsey

    Commissioners Absent
    Andrea Cochran
    Ralph Guggenheim
    Kirk Anderson
    Barbara Stauffacher Solomon
    Ethel Pitts Walker


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

    RESOLVED, that this Commission does hereby approve the Minutes of the Regular Monthly Meeting of August 5, 2002.



    President Gatti updated the Commissioners on the upcoming Hearts of San Francisco Campaign, modeled on previous temporary exhibitions in other U.S. cities, such as the Cow Parade in Chicago and the exhibition of elephants and donkeys in Washington D.C. The Convention and Visitors Bureau is taking the lead on the Hearts of San Francisco project in collaboration with numerous city organizations, departments and bureaus. The campaign has generated a great deal of interest. Corporations and individuals will underwrite individual installations, totaling approximately 200, and all visual art forms are expected to be represented. The first three hearts are scheduled to be on the streets by Valentine's Day, 2003. The others will be installed over time. The plan is to have an installation in every neighborhood, possibly in every city park. Ultimately, all of them will be sold at an auction. President Gatti suggested the possibility of some of the resulting funds supporting a long-term project of the Arts Commission, such as Gallery 37.

    Commissioner Meyer asked if the installations would be on City property and therefore subject to Arts Commission approval.

    Director of Cultural Affairs Richard Newirth clarified that language other than "art" would be used to describe the installations so that Commission approval for such a high number of projects would not be required. He said that encroachment permits from DPW or the Planning Department might be necessary.


    Richard Newirth introduced London Breed, the new director of the African American Art and Culture Complex. He also introduced Bayview Opera House director Shelley Bell, who had recently met with the Mayor and representatives of Muni and other departments to discuss development plans for the Bayview district. In particular, a master plan will be developed within the next six months for a two-block area that includes the cultural center, a school, a recreation facility, and a library. The goal of the master plan is to maximize usage and eliminate redundancy. Another goal is to upgrade the Opera House by the time the Third Street Light Rail line is completed in 2004.

    He updated the Commissioners on the Harvey Milk Plaza project. The two winners of the competition will each present revised conceptual designs of their projects on September 20. The next step will be to meet with elected officials to discuss strategies for raising the money to phase in the project over time. The project has involved many departments and processes for neighborhood involvement.

    Mr. Newirth said that he would be making a site visit to the Geneva Car Barn, which is being considered as a future Gallery 37 program site. The Recreation and Park Department is seeking funds to fix up the building.

    He announced that Mayor's Office of Community Development director Pam David had left that department to become executive director of the Walter and Elise Haas Fund.

    President Gatti called the Commissioners' attention to the recent City Attorney's memo regarding the policies that restrict the use of city resources by city officials or employees for political activity. He said that the restrictions had become a serious issue, and asked Commissioners to direct any questions to him or to Mr. Newirth.

    Mr. Newirth announced a reception for two gallery exhibitions commemorating September 11 in lower level city Hall this evening, September 9, 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. The Gallery will have a second reception for its exhibition in the main gallery, 401 Van Ness, on Saturday evening, September 14, 6 to 8 p.m. That show, titled "Hall of Reflections" addresses the experiences of Iranian immigrants.

    President Gatti reminded those present of the city memorial service in City Hall at 5:30 a.m. on September 11. The doors will open at 4:30 a.m.

    Commissioner Freebairn-Smith asked a question about a recent Board of Supervisors vote on a reduction in the Arts Commission budget.

    Mr. Newirth said that the vote probably related to the Hotel Tax Fund. He said that the allocation from that source had been finalized, and that the figure was low. Departments receiving Hotel Tax Funds therefore had to come up with additional funding to compensate for the drop in the funding they would have received from the Hotel Tax Fund. Though the Hotel Tax Fund dropped 29% , the budget for programs funded by that source could only be reduced by 10%. (Conversely, if the Hotel Tax Fund were to increase substantially, a department budget could only be raised 10 percent, and the remaining Hotel Tax Fund money would go to the General Fund.) Arts Commission programs affected by the Hotel Tax Fund reduction are Cultural Equity Grants and Community Arts and Education. In particular, the reduction affects the ability of the cultural centers to proceed with capital projects. In reference to the general fund budget, Mr. Newirth also said that the Arts Commission had fared as well as any department, sustaining a two percent flat cut.


    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. 0909-02-229: Motion to approve the Civic Design Committee Meeting Minutes of August 19, 2002..
      Explanatory Document: Draft Committee Minutes

    2. RESOLUTION NO. 0909-02-230: Motion to approve the Executive Committee Meeting Minutes of August 20, 2002.
      Explanatory Document: Draft Committee Minutes

    3. RESOLUTION NO. 0909-02-231: Motion to approve the Visual Arts Committee Meeting Minutes of August 21, 2002.
      Explanatory Document: Draft Committee Minutes

    4. RESOLUTION NO. 0909-02-232: Motion to approve the Street Artists Committee Meeting Minutes of August 14, 2002..
      Explanatory Document: Draft Committee Minutes

      Street Artists Committee Recommendations (08/14/02)

    5. RESOLUTION NO. 0909-02-233: Motion to approve authorization of Program Director to draw a map of proposed legal spaces on Jefferson Street, between Mason Street and the Embarcadero, and north of the Pac Bell ballpark, between the green and Pier 40, and to propose such spaces to the Port Commission for approval.

    6. RESOLUTION NO. 0909-02-234: Motion to approve issuance of a street artist certificate to Jeffrey Shedrick with waiver of re-screening of wares.

      Visual Arts Committee Recommendations (08/21/02)

    7. RESOLUTION NO. 0909-02-235: Motion to approve sidewalk design and design of two sculptural bollards by Topher Delaney for Club Quarter San Francisco at 425 Battery Street.

    8. RESOLUTION NO. 0909-02-236: Motion to approve the temporary installation of two sculptures titled Link and Three Wishes by Bruce Chaban from Sept. 6 - Sept 30th in Union Square as part of the Red Umbrella series.

    9. RESOLUTION NO. 0909-02-237: Motion to approve the selection panel's recommendation of the following artists to serve for one year term on the Recreation and Park Department Bond Projects Pre-Qualified Artist Pool. Approved artists will be eligible for consideration by community panels for upcoming Art Enrichment commissions associated with new and renovated Recreation and Park Department facilities, including, but not limited to Helen Wills Playground, Rochambeau Playground, West Portal Recreation Center, Eureka Valley Recreation Center, Holly Park and Hoff Street Playground: Aileen Barr, Ray Beldner, Suzanne Biaggi, Amy Blackstone, Susan Cervantes, Colette Crutcher, Topher Delaney, Scott Donahue, Lauren Elder, Sheila Ghidini, Steve Gillman, Demetry Grudsky, Erika Olsen Hannes, Gonzalo Hidalgo, John King and Regina Case, Marissa Kunz, Paul Lanier, Yumi Lee, Jefferson Mack, Alexander MacLeitch team, Betsie Miller-Kusz, Geoffrey I. Nwogu, Johanna Poethig, Peter Richards, John Rubin, Vickie Jo Saulls, Bonnie Ora Sherk, Mel Smothers, Vickie Jo Sowell, Lee Walton, Horace Washington, Ann Weber & team, Yoram Wolberger.

    10. RESOLUTION NO. 0909-02-238: Motion to approve the following individuals to be added to the juror pool for the selection of sculpture for Boarding Area C: Madelaine Grynsztein (Curator for painting and sculpture, SFMOMA), Renny Pritikin (Chief Curator, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts), Hitoshi Sasaki (Artist and former Curator for Airport Museums Program at SFO, Kathy Holland (Independent Curator, Co-author of Airport Collection assessment), and Lydia Mathews (Art Historian, California College of Arts and Crafts).

    11. RESOLUTION NO. 0909-02-239: Motion to approve the following individuals to be added to the juror pool for Laguna Honda Hospital projects (courtyard sculpture and pool tile design): Michele Rowe-Shields (Visual Arts Director, Montalvo), Lewis deSoto (Artist), Rene Yung (Artist), Don Douglas (Regional Director of Art Program, General Services Administration), Jud Fine (Artist), Barbara McCarren (Artist), Carrie Lederer (Curator of Exhibitions and Program, Bedford Gallery, Dean Lesher Regional Center for the Arts, Walnut Creek), Rene de Guzman (Curator Yerba Beuna Center for the Arts), and Winifred Day (Independent Curator).

      Civic Design Committee Recommendations (08/19/02)

    12. RESOLUTION NO. 0909-02-240: Motion to approve the Sunol Valley Floridation Facility, Phase 1.

    13. RESOLUTION NO. 0909-02-241: Motion to approve the Beach Chalet Revised Deck and Improvements, Phase 1 and 2.

    14. RESOLUTION NO. 0909-02-242: Motion to approve the Helen Wills Playground and Clubhouse Renovation, Phase 2.

      Executive Committee Recommendations (08/20/02)

    15. RESOLUTION NO. 0909-02-243: Motion to approve Community Arts and Education FY 2002-2003 budget.

    16. RESOLUTION NO. 0909-02-244: Motion to approve the addition of the following individuals to the Cultural Equity Grants Panel Pool:

      Dawn-Elin Fraser, actor and teacher
      Lisa Steindler, Artistic Director, Encore Theatre Co.
      Conor Howard, director of the Irish Arts Foundation
      Nancy Kates, teacher, activist, filmmaker
      Dr. Dee Mosbacher, teacher and filmmaker
      Jennifer Dowdell, author

    17. RESOLUTION NO. 0909-02-245: Motion to modify the approval of recommendations for 34 grants totaling $435,100 in the 2002 cycle of Organizational Project Grants (Resolution No. 0603-02-153 from May Executive Committee Meeting) to be 34 grants totaling $505,500.

    18. RESOLUTION NO. 0909-02-246: Motion to review and approve 20 grants totaling $332,900 in the 2002 cycle of Cultural Equity Initiatives-Level One.

    19. RESOLUTION NO. 0909-02-247: Motion to review and approve 3 grants totaling $360,000 in the 2002 cycle of Cultural Equity Initiatives-Level Two.

    20. RESOLUTION NO. 0909-02-248: Motion to review and approve 10 grants totaling $169,180 in the 2002 cycle of Creative Space Grants.

  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.

    3. 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. 0909-02-249: Motion to approve requests by former certificate-holders for priority issuance of certificate with waiver of re-screening of wares:Flip Schaffer, Eric Anrigo.

    4. Executive Committee -- Stanlee Gatti, Chair

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

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

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

      2. RESOLUTION NO. 0909-02-250: Motion to approve the transfer for up to $190,340 from the Hotel Tax Fund to Intersection for the Arts for AAACC.

      3. RESOLUTION NO. 0909-02-251: Motion to enter into contract with WritersCorps teacher Toussaint Haki Stewart for up to $20,000.00 from 10/01/02 to 06/30/03 from Juvenile Probation and DCYF Funds.

      4. RESOLUTION NO. 0909-02-252: Motion to enter into contract with WritersCorps Events Coordinator Jose Carrasco to produce the Youth Poetry Slam League and MLK Jr. FreeWrite Contest for up to $15,000 from 11/01/02 to 06/30/03 from Youth Arts and Juvenile Probation Funds.

  7. Reports and Announcements

  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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