Cultural Affairs Commission

The Cultural Affairs Commission is an advisory body to the Mayor, City Council, and City Administrator on matters affecting cultural development in Oakland.

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Jul 20, 2022

Nonprofit Applications for City Grants to Hire Teaching Artists Available starting July 25

The City of Oakland announced that applications will be available on Monday, July 25, for the Creative Economies of Belonging: Jobs, Networks, Catalysts grant program. This one-time program will distribute grants to Oakland-based nonprofit organizations to restore teaching-artist jobs cut during the pandemic. The program guidelines and grant application will be posted at https://bit.ly/3P4dBUg on Monday, July 25, when the application portal opens. Applications will be accepted through 5 p.m. on Thursday, September 22, 2022.

Jun 02, 2022

City of Oakland Announces 10 New Cultural Strategists-in-Government

Today, the City of Oakland announced a new cohort of 10 Cultural Strategists-in-Government (CSIG) that will embed in seven different entities in the City. The program is a partnership between the City’s Cultural Affairs Division and the Oakland Fund for Public Innovation, with funding for 7 of the 10 individuals provided by the Andrew W. Mellon Foundation.

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After February 28, 2023, all City of Oakland boards and commissions will conduct in-person meetings. Please check www.oaklandca.gov for the latest news and important information about the City’s return to in-person meetings.

Cultural Affairs Commission - 2024 Meeting Calendar

January 22, 2024 5:30-8:30 PM

April 15, 2024 5:30-8:30 PM

July 22, 2024 5:30-8:30 PM

October 28, 2024 5:30-8:30 PM

There are two opportunities to make a comment during meetings- Public Comment and Open Forum. Zoom participation is strictly for viewing only. Comments will no longer accepted via Zoom.

How to Make a Comment:

There are two opportunities for the public to address the Cultural Affairs Commission and City staff. The first opportunity is during the "Public Comment" period. The second opportunity is during the "Open Forum" period. Dialogue during the meeting with Commissioners, City staff, or its guest speakers is not permitted outside of the two comment periods.

RE: ZOOM PARTICIPATION + COMMENT PERIODS

All Commission meetings will be conducted in-person. The Cultural Affairs Commission is no longer accepting public comments via Zoom or telephone. Therefore, live comments must be made in-person. An alternative option is to submit a written comment by 5:00 PM BEFORE the meeting starts to NBalram@oaklandca.gov. Any comments received via email during the duration or after the meeting may not be entered into public record but will be shared with the Commission and City staff at a later time.


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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

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

Current Members

Vanessa Whang (Chair)

Kev Choice (Vice Chair)

Jennifer Easton

Michelle Mush Lee

Ilana Lipsett

Jim Santi Owen



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