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Funding Advisory Committee

The Funding Advisory Committee (FAC) of the City of Oakland’s Cultural Funding Program (CFP) is a volunteer advisory body to Cultural Arts Programs staff and Oakland City Council in matters relating CFP policies, procedures and the award of grants to Oakland-based artists, cultural organizations, and schools to support arts and cultural activities that reflect the diversity of the city for citizens of and visitors to Oakland.

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May 30, 2019

City Awards $80,000 in Arts Grants, Receives Grant to Support Cultural Equity Analysis as part of Oakland Cultural Plan Implementation

In May 2019, the Oakland City Council approved $80,000 in fiscal year 2018-2019 grants to eight Oakland-based nonprofit organizations through the City’s pilot Neighborhood Voices grant program. City Council also approved acceptance of a $75,000 grant award from the Surdna Foundation to support actions and recommendations found in the City’s Cultural Plan, including a cultural and racial equity impact analysis.


Funding Advisory Committee Members

Sheena Johnson
Program Officer, Akonadi Foundation

Jim Santi Owen
American Percussionists, Producer, Educator and Performer

Shelley Trott
Director, Arts Strategy & Ventures, Kenneth Rainin Foundation

Katherin Canton
Organizer, Arts for a Better Bay Area

Barbara Mumby Huerta
Senior Program Officer, San Francisco Arts Commission

Nicole Kyauk
Senior Program Officer, East Bay Community Foundation

Wayne Hazzard
Executive Director, Dancers' Group

Amina Yee
Curatorial Assistant, Oakland Museum of California

Meeting Schedule, Agendas & Minutes

The Committee meets quarterly in Hearing Room 1, Oakland City Hall, 1 Frank H. Ogawa Plaza, from 6:00 to 7:30 PM. The meetings are typically held on the 2nd Wednesday of January, April, July and October.

*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 Funding Advisory Committee public meetings will be held via Zoom. A URL link will be provided on the Wednesday preceding the meeting.

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

July 22, 2020 at 6:00 PM Agenda This public meeting that will be held via Zoom:

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Or Telephone: Dial (for higher quality, dial a number based on your current location): US: +1 408 638 0968 or +1 669 900 6833 or +1 253 215 8782 or +1 346 248 7799 or +1 312 626 6799 or +1 646 876 9923 or +1 301 715 8592 Webinar ID: 990 2282 9312

Public Comment Instructions

There are three ways to submit public comments. • eComment. To send your comment directly to Cultural Affairs Division staff BEFORE the meeting via email • 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: - 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 Division at

January 8, 2020 Agenda Minutes

November 26, 2019 Agenda Minutes

July 18, 2018 Agenda Minutes

April 11, 2018 Cancelled

January 10, 2018 Agenda Minutes

October 23, 2017 Agenda Minutes

July 12, 2017 Agenda Minutes

For Agendas and Minutes prior to those listed here, please visit our Funding Advisory Committee Agendas & Minutes Archive page.

Goals & Duties

  • Advise Cultural Arts Programs staff and City Council on matters affecting City of Oakland funding programs, policies and procedures
  • Assist in the development and/or revision of funding policies and review procedures for the Cultural Funding Program
  • Assist in the creation of a pool of qualified individuals to serve as peer panelists, and serve as funding review panelists when available; review and approve panelists’ qualifications
  • Be vigilant in monitoring the balance of diversity and opportunity when considering all aspects of the Cultural Funding Program
  • Review funding panel recommendations and forward recommendations, through a staff report, to City Council and/or its Life Enrichment Committee
  • Hear appeals from applicants
  • Annually evaluate, with staff, the funding review process (including applications, guidelines, policies, procedures, and outreach) through solicitation of input from the public; make recommendations for revisions as needed
  • Serve on subcommittees of the FAC, as needed
  • Encourage and assist in the development of support for individual artists and nonprofit arts organizations within Oakland

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