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Jul 24, 2019

City Re-establishes the Cultural Affairs Commission

Following the final passage of an ordinance by Oakland City Council on July 16, the Cultural Affairs Division of the Economic & Workforce Development Department is seeking volunteer applicants to serve on the re-animated Cultural Affairs Commission.

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Cultural Affairs Commission - 2020 Meeting Calendar

March 23, 2020 Orientation - POSTPONED due to COVID-19

April 27, 2020 Regular Meeting - POSTPONED due to COVID-19

July 27, 2020 Regular Meeting

September 29, 2020 Regular Meeting

October 26, 2020 Regular Meeting

* All meetings take place at 6:00 pm in Oakland City Hall 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, Hearing Room 3, Oakland, CA.


Current Members:

Diane Sanchez (Chair)

Roy Chan

Kev Choice

Jennifer Easton

J.K. Fowler

Michelle Lee

Michael Orange

Richard Raya

Charmin Roundtree-Baaqee

Vanessa Whang

Theo Aytchan Williams

The Cultural Affairs Commission is an advisory body to the Mayor, City Council, and City Administrator on matters affecting cultural development in Oakland. The Commission acts as ambassadors and advocates for arts and culture in the city.

Membership: 11 commissioners; 10 regular appointments and 1 appointment selected from the Public Art Advisory Committee

For the initial appointment only, four (4) members shall be appointed for a three-year term, four (4) members shall be appointed for a two-year term, and three (3) members shall be appointed for a one-year term. Thereafter, all appointments shall be for three (3) years, except that an appointment made to fill a vacancy created by the premature departure of a Commission Member shall be for the unexpired portion of the departed Commission Member’s term only. Appointments to the Commission are made by the Mayor and approved by the Oakland City Council.

No person shall be appointed to serve more than two (2) consecutive terms.

Time Commitment: Significant time commitment anticipated for both meeting preparation and attendance. Regular meetings will be held quarterly on the fourth Monday of the month (January, April, July, and October) at 6:00 pm at Oakland City Hall. Additional meetings for members serving on a ad-hoc task force.

Note: Commissioners are unpaid volunteers.



Please email Neha Balram at nbalram@oaklandca.gov with questions

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