Arts Commission

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The seven-member Arts Commission was established in 1977 to advise City Council on policies which enhance the aesthetic and cultural quality of life in the City of Santa Cruz. Appointed by the City Council, commissioners are volunteers who share a strong commitment to the arts. The Arts Commission provides policy guidance to the City Arts program.

To learn more about the Arts Commission, City Arts programs and to take a virtual tour of the City's public art, go to www.SantaCruzCityArts.com

The Arts Commission meets 7-8 times a year on the second Wednesday of the month at 6:00 p.m. in City Council Chambers, 809 Center St, Santa Cruz, CA. Summer and winter recesses occur and may vary year to year. The City Calendar has the most current schedule of meeting.

Membership

The Commission consists of seven members who are appointed by the City Council. Current members:

  • Bennett Williamson, Chair
  • Elizabeth Birnbaum
  • Janina Larenas
  • Louise Leong
  • MK Veniegas
  • Owen Thomas
  • Sean McGowen

Additional Information

Arts Commission Meeting & Agenda Information 

Agendas are posted on the City Calendar. To view upcoming meeting information click here

Contact Information

Beth Tobey
Arts Program Manager 
337 Locust Street
Santa Cruz, CA 95060
831-420-5154 
email 

Sign-up to receive email notices for future Arts Commission meetings; go to eNotifications page and check the Arts Commission box.

Accessibility of all online Advisory Body agenda packets, minutes and audio files is now available from any Advisory Body webpage to enable easier public access to posted meeting information. 

Should you have questions please contact City Clerk Administrator at (831) 420-5035.