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Arts Commission Duties
The Arts Commission comprises 11 members. Each member serves a four year term. The Arts Commission advises the City Council on all matters relating to the arts and cultural life of San José. The Commission reviews art acquisitions, arts programs, public art projects, and grant applications from cultural groups and recommends levels of funding for them to the City Council. The Commission also serves as an advocate for the arts and for beautification of the environment to the Council and the Staff.

The City Council is the final decision-making body. The Commission is advisory to the Council on the distribution of City funding for the Arts and makes recommendations to the Council respecting Arts and Festival grants. Arts Commissioners serve as liaisons between the City’s arts programs, programs of adjacent communities, the state and the nation, and arts organizations.

The Commission meets on the third Monday of each month at 5:30 P.M. in City Hall, Room W119. Commissioners spend between 25-30 hours a month in Commission meetings, study and preparation time, serving on grant review panels, and meetings with citizens, cultural groups and others. Meeting materials are available via the Office of Cultural Affairs website.

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