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BERKELEY CIVIC ARTS PROGRAM
The Civic Arts Program supports a culturally vibrant and diverse arts ecosystem within the City of Berkeley by:
• Funding grants to artists, arts organizations, and festivals.
• Providing opportunities for artists to create and display work in the public realm.
• Ensuring equitable access to high quality arts and culture for residents and visitors alike.

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CURRENT CIVIC ARTS UPDATES

CIVIC ARTS GRANTS
Applications open on Wednesday, October 30, 2019 for Civic Arts Grants for Arts Organization, Individual Artists, and Festivals. These grants will fund activities occurring July 1, 2020 — June 30, 2021. Application deadline is January 16, 2020. For more information, grant guidelines and to apply, visit the Civic Arts Grants Page.

CALL FOR GRANT REVIEW PANELISTS
The Civic Arts Program seeks panelists based in the greater Bay Area to serve on our grants review panels for Fiscal Year 2021. Ideal candidates are deeply knowledgeable about the arts, cultural events, festivals funding, cultural equity, and promising practices for nonprofits. Panelists may be artists, arts administrators, and/or strongly rooted in fields related to cultural equity. Deadline to apply is Friday, January 17, 2020. Panelists will review grant applications in February 2020 and panel meetings will be held in March 2020. Application for Grant Review Panelist

DOWNTOWN BERKELEY PLAZA
Running from October 18, 2019 - January 17, 2020 the downtown BART plaza features a new sound installation called, "Histories of the Present"  by composers Yann Novak and Robert Crouch which is a multichannel site specific sound installation created for the Berkeley BART Plaza.
Downtown Berkeley Bart Plaza

INSTALLATION IN THE CUBE SPACE
OPPOSITE DAY, by Sofie Ramos, is a site-specific installation created for the Cube Space, which is located on the ground floor of the Center Street Garage on Addison Street near Milvia St. in the heart of the arts district in Downtown Berkeley. This exhibition was organized by the City of Berkeley’s Civic Arts Program and will be on view 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from December 14, 2019 through March 1, 2020.
Exhibit Opening Reception: December 14, 5:30-7:30 pm 
More information on the exhibition

SAN PABLO PARK PUBLIC ART PROJECT
The Berkeley Civic Arts Program is commissioning public artwork for San Pablo Park to be completed in conjunction with the Parks renovations. 
Click on this link to learn more about the San Pablo Park Public Art Project Updates.

CIVIC CENTER ART EXHIBITION 
Each year the City of Berkeley celebrates the richness of artistic production within the Berkeley
community with the Civic Center Art Exhibition. This year 31 Berkeley-based artists were selected
through a juried process for exhibition in the Martin Luther King Jr. Civic Center Building.
More information on the exhibition

NORTH BERKELEY SENIOR CENTER PUBLIC ART PROJECT 
The Berkeley Civic Arts Program is commissioning public artwork for entrance to the North Berkeley Senior Center to be completed in conjunction with the center’s renovations.
Click on this link to learn more about the North Berkeley Senior Center Public Art Project updates.

OTHER PROGRAM INFORMATION
Reports and Studies
Civic Arts Contract Forms

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