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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

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

NEW INSTALLATION IN THE CUBE SPACE
A Pallet of Blackberry and Feverfew, by Richard-Jonathan Nelson, 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 in the heart of the arts district in Downtown Berkeley. This exhibition was organized by independent curator Demetri Broxton with support from the City of Berkeley’s Civic Arts Program and is on view 24 hours a day, 7 days a week from October 12 through December 7, 2019 with an opening Reception on Saturday, October 26, 2:00-3:30 pm
More information on the exhibition
 
SAN PABLO PARK PUBLIC ART PROJECT
The Berkeley Civic Arts Program is conducting a selection process to choose permanent public artwork to be installed in conjunction with the soon to be renovated southern end of San Pablo Park. To view the proposals click here.
San Pablo Park Public Art Project Updates  

CIVIC ARTS GRANTS FOR FISCAL YEAR 2019/2020
On June 25, Berkeley City Council approved the budget for fiscal year 2019/2020 which includes full
funding for all categories of the Civic Arts Grants: $158,315 for Festivals and $500,000 for Arts
Organizations and Artists. Grant award notifications have been sent to all grant recipients via email. 
More information on Civic Arts Grants  

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. 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. To learn more click here.
North Berkeley Senior Center Public Art Project updates 

OTHER PROGRAM INFORMATION
Reports and Studies
Civic Arts Contract Forms

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