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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Cultural Affairs Commission - 2021 Meeting Calendar

January 25, 2021 4:00 PM - Regular Meeting - Agenda Minutes

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

April 26, 2021 4:00 PM - Regular Meeting

The meeting agenda packet and Zoom information will be posted by 4/23/2021

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.

July 26, 2021 4:00 PM - Regular Meeting

September 27, 2021 4:00 PM - Regular Meeting

October 25, 2021 4:00 PM - Regular Meeting


Cultural Affairs Commission - 2020 Meetings

March 23, 2020 Orientation (pt.1)

April 27, 2020 Orientation (pt. 2)

July 27, 2020 4:00 - 6:00 PM - Regular Meeting - Agenda Minutes

September 29, 2020 4:00 - 6:30 PM - Regular Meeting - Agenda Minutes

October 26, 2020 4:00 - 7:00 PM - Regular Meeting - Agenda Minutes

How to Make a Public Comment:

• 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.


Current Members:

Diane Sanchez (Chair)

Kev Choice (Vice Chair)

Roy Chan

Jennifer Easton

J.K. Fowler

Michelle Mush Lee

Michael Orange

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 2020 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 in 2021 will be held virtually while the shelter-in-place order is in effect on the fourth Monday of the month in January, March, April, July, September, and October at 4:00 PM. Additional meetings for members serving on a ad-hoc task force.

Note: Commissioners are unpaid volunteers.





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