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.

Meetings Agendas, Minutes, and Recordings

Mar 22, 2021

3-22-21 Cultural Affairs Commission Meeting (Virtual)

Pursuant to the Governor's Executive Order N-29-20, all members of the Cultural Affairs Commission and Cultural Affairs Division will join the meeting via phone/video conference and no teleconference locations are required

Jan 25, 2021

1-25-21 Cultural Affairs Commission Meeting (Virtual)

Pursuant to the Governor's Executive Order N-29-20, all members of the Cultural Affairs Commission and Cultural Affairs Division will join the meeting via phone/video conference and no teleconference locations are required.

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News

Jun 10, 2021

City Announces Inaugural Poet Laureate

Today, the City of Oakland’s Cultural Affairs Division announced Ms. Ayodele Nzinga has been selected as the inaugural Oakland Poet Laureate.

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Calendar of Meetings

Cultural Affairs Commission - 2021 Meeting Calendar

January 25, 2021 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM - Regular Meeting

March 22, 2021 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM - Regular Meeting

April 26, 2021 4:00 PM - 7:00 PM - Regular Meeting

July 26, 2021 4:00 PM - Regular Meeting

The Meeting Agenda will posted HERE by 7/23/2021

September 27, 2021 4:00 PM - Regular Meeting

October 25, 2021 4:00 PM - Regular Meeting


Pursuant to the Governor's Executive Order N-29-20, all members of the Cultural Affairs Commission and Cultural Affairs Division will join the meeting via phone/video conference and no teleconference locations are required.

There are two opportunities to make a comment during meetings -Public Comment and Open Forum.

How to Make a Comment:

There are three ways to submit public comments.

• eComment. To send your comment directly to Cultural Affairs Commission staff BEFORE the meeting via email NBalram@oaklandca.gov

• To comment by Zoom video conference, click the “Raise Your Hand” button to request to speak when Public Comment is being taken. You will be permitted to speak during your turn, allowed to comment, and after the allotted time, re-muted. Instructions on how to “Raise Your Hand” is available at: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/205566129 - Raise-Hand-In-Webinar.

• To comment by phone, please call on one of the above listed phone numbers. You will be prompted to “Raise Your Hand” by pressing “*9” to speak when Public Comment is taken. You will be permitted to speak during your turn, allowed to comment, and after the allotted time, re-muted. Please unmute your self by pressing *6. If you have any questions, please email Neha Balram, Program Analyst for the Cultural Affairs Commission at NBalram@oaklandca.gov.

* Due to Alameda County’s Shelter-In-Place Order, in-person meetings are currently suspended. We are monitoring the Orders and will update this web page when in-person meetings are allowed to resume. In the meantime, all of the Cultural Affairs Commission's public meetings will be held via Zoom. The Agenda Packet and Zoom information will be provided on the Friday preceding the meeting.

About

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.

Time Commitment: Significant time commitment anticipated for both meeting preparation and attendance. Regular meetings in 2021 will be held on the fourth Monday of the month in January, March, April, July, September, and October at 4:00 pm via Zoom. Additional meetings for members serving on an ad-hoc team.

Note: Commissioners are unpaid volunteers.

Current Members

Diane Sanchez (Chair)

Kev Choice (Vice Chair)

Roy Chan

Jennifer Easton

J.K. Fowler

Michelle Mush Lee

Charmin Roundtree-Baaqee

Vanessa Whang

Theo Aytchan Williams



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

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