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

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.

Please click the link below to join the webinar: https://zoom.us/j/98740533037

Or iPhone one-tap :
US: +16699006833,,98740533037# or +14086380968,,98740533037#
Or Telephone:
Dial(for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location):
US: +1 669 900 6833 or +1 408 638 0968 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 646 876 9923 or +1 301 715 8592 or +1 312 626 6799
Webinar ID: 987 4053 3037
International numbers available: https://zoom.us/u/abkR7xqxVU

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.


March 22, 2021 4:00 PM - Regular Meeting

April 26, 2021 4:00 PM - Regular Meeting

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


* 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

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.





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