CITY COUNCIL AGENDA ITEM
Meeting Date: February 10, 2004
Subject/Title: Accept the City of Brentwood Arts Commission Annual Report
Submitted by: Craig Bronzan, Director of Parks and Recreation
Prepared by: Angela DiNicola, Administrative Assistant for the Arts
Approved by: John Stevenson, City Manager
Accept the City of Brentwood Arts Commission Annual Report for calendar year
The City of Brentwood Arts Commission accepted and approved the Annual
Report of the Commission for 2003 at the regular Arts Commission meeting of
November 29, 2003.
In accordance with the Arts Commission charter, the Arts Commission is to
prepare and submit an annual report of activities to City Council on yearly
A copy of the current Arts Commission Annual Report for 2003 is attached for
your review and acceptance.
This report bears no fiscal impact.
Arts Commission 2003 Annual Report
BRENTWOOD ARTS COMMISSION
REPORT FOR CITY COUNCIL
The year 2003 was a good year for the Brentwood Arts Commission. The
Commission completed 95% of their goals and objectives plus assumed some
additional responsibilities that weren’t planned or foreseen.
Goal 1: Revise the Commission Charter to expand the Executive Committee and
to provide for continuity in Chairperson changes: Develop an Associate
On September 9, 2003 the City Council approved amendments to Arts
Commission, Chapter 2.44, section 2.44.60, Officers, by adding the position
of Past Chair to preserve the experience of the Chair as they move out of
office and increasing the Executive Committee to three. It also provided for
a new Chairperson to take office each year and the election of the
Chairperson Elect annually who will automatically assume the Chair, the
following year. Furthermore, the Executive Committee is authorized to spend
up to $500 for emergencies between Commission meetings, to be approved by
the full Commission at their next regular meeting. The Associate Member
category was not approved by vote of the Commission.
Goal 2: Obtain the enabling legislation for the Percent for Art Program and
conditions of approval as interim measure.
On September 9, 2003 the City Council approved section 2.44.180 Public Art,
in principal and on September 23, 2003 approved the fee schedule committing
one percent of the cost of capital investment projects to art and four
tenths of one percent for housing development which will become effective
partially on January 1, 2004 and will be fully implemented July 1, 2004.
This is a significant piece of legislation. The City Planning Department
independently initiated a condition of approval clause whereby housing
developers are required to install public art in their development.
Goal 3: Conduct an Art for Arts Sake sidewalk art show in downtown Brentwood
May 10, 2003.
The Art for Arts Sake sidewalk show was conducted with moderate success. The
number of artists participating was not as high as had been hoped for, but
the art was very good. The merchants seemed to appreciate the effort.
Goal 4: Continued support of the Summer Concerts in the Park.
Goal 5: Day in the Park Art and Wine Festival October 11 – 12, 2003.
The second Art and Wine Festival was very successful. The weather was
beautiful, artists and artisans were very high quality, the jazz music was
superb, and the turn out was good. The sponsorship was significantly higher
than last year and a profit was made. The efforts of the committee and many
volunteers, who did a wonderful job, made this event a success.
Goal 6: Farmer Statue moving closer to reality.
In August the City Council approved an additional fee to Shea Homes for
modifications done to the original plans. This fee resulted in $80,000 to
the Arts Commission to use for promoting art in the City. The Commission
voted unanimously to use some of the money to erect the statue of a farmer.
It is currently in the planning stages.
Goal 7: Art Gallery Showings.
The Arts Commission conducted four (4) Art Shows throughout the year which
featured top artists. The shows give local artists a venue to display their
artistic talents and allow a place for the residents of Brentwood to come
and see and/or purchase a variety of beautiful art. The art shows included:
• Diego Rivera: An outstanding show that received a lot of attention from
the community. Many paintings were received from Brentwood Hispanic
residents. Approximately 1,700 school children attended the show transported
by Dimes-A-Ride busses. The University who loaned the Commission the exhibit
commended them for the way the exhibit was ran and said they had paved the
way for future shows.
• Alex and Lee Jewelry Show: The unusual and artistic jewelry drew a good
crowd and the artist Lee gave a wonderful presentation at the reception.
• Frank Lloyd Wright Show: An outstanding show with an informative and
interesting presentation done by Arthur Stern. This show drew many people
and the reception was an outstanding success.
• Tamara W. Hill Photography Show: Beautiful photography lined the walls of
the Art Gallery and the reception was well attended. Tamara gave a lecture
on her travels and her experience as a photographer and opened it up to a
question and answer session. As always, many local artists submitted their
creations and the gallery once again is full of beautiful art.
Goal 8: New Commissioners.
During the year several good candidates were interviewed and four were
selected for appointment by the City Council. The appointees were Sandra
Gill, local Teacher/Administrator with grant writing experience; Patrick
McCarran, local businessman with film experience; Jim Bryant, Professor
Emeritus, San Jose State University, photographer and grant writing
experience; and Saunie Fridley, Private Investigator with art and financial
management skills. The Commission has also lost a few key members and we are
looking for new volunteers.
Goal 9: Appoint an Art Commission Historian.
The new part-time Administrative Assistant, Angela DiNicola, as part of her
wide range of duties, is also the Historian along with Chairperson Ron
Goal 10: Develop closer relations with the Brentwood School Arts programs.
• Arts Commissioners Mary Hannigan and Jan Melloni combined efforts with
School Administrator Mary Black to make it possible for 1,700 school
children to attend the Diego Rivera art show. Thanks to the involvement of
each Art Commissioner, this event turned out to be the largest and most
talked about Art Show that’s been held to date.
• Commissioner Mary Hannigan committed to starting an Art Docent program and
with the help of Commissioner Jan Melloni and art docent coordinator, Regina
McCarthy. It’s up and running at Paul Krey Elementary School. Their efforts
have resulted in several parent volunteers who attended training and are now
teaching the program. An expanded program includes Loma Vista, Ron Nunn,
Garin,and Brentwood elementary schools.
Goal 11: Consideration of a new Art Gallery.
The Arts Commission was interested in purchasing a building for use as an
Art Gallery and to hold art classes. One consideration was to convert an old
barn into a gallery. Since this didn’t materialize, in the spring the
Immaculate Heart of Mary Catholic Church went up for sale and the commission
considered purchasing it. The rectory had been converted into offices and
there was a church hall and several classrooms which could have been used to
teach art. After further consideration the Commission decided that the
rent-free space the City has provided is adequate at this time. The
Commission will open the Art Gallery one Saturday a month beginning in
Goal 12: Location to hold art classes for home schooled children.
Chairperson Ron Beatty opened his studio to children and taught two
home-schooled children for six months.
Other activities for the year include:
• The Arts Commission sponsored the East County Writers Group with their
first presentation of local authors. Each author read a snippet of his/her
• The Arts Commission was asked by the organizers of the Contra Costa Fair
if they would decorate one of the eight full-sized, fiberglass grizzly bears
which would be on display at the fair in Antioch and then the State Fair in
Sacramento. The bear was decorated to look like an ear of corn and received
honorable mention at the State Fair. The San Diego bear won first place with
the Orange County bear taking second. The competition was stiff but the
Commission felt honored to have been given the opportunity to participate.
• Sponsorship of the East County Writers Group.
• The first piece of public art slotted for the Brighten Station development
off of Lone Tree Way was reviewed.
• Sponsored the first Citywide read along with Friends of the Library.
• Supported a 9-11 Observation Poetry Contest sponsored by the Brentwood
Press. Poet Laureate, Mary Jane Barnes, was a judge in the contest who has
read her poetry at several gallery receptions.
• Chairperson Ron Beatty attended a Public Relations seminar in Danville and
shared the information and knowledge he brought back with the Arts
• Poet Laureate, Mary Jane Barnes, was awarded the International Writers
Award for poetry and teaching by the Cambridge Institution, London, England.