Cultural Affairs Commission

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Purpose: The Cultural Affairs Commission will operate as ambassadors and advocates for arts and culture in the City in an advisory role to the Mayor, City Council, and City Administrator, on all matters affecting cultural development in the community.

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 third Monday of the month (January, April, July, and October) at 6:00 pm at Oakland City Hall. Additional meetings for members serving on Ad Hoc or Standing Committees.

Note: Commissioners are unpaid volunteers.

Follow this link to apply to be on the Cultural Affairs Commission:
Please email Neha Balram at with questions

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