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Office of Economic Development
Office of Economic Development

Berkeley Civic Arts Program

The Civic Arts Program administers and develops projects which accomplish the mission of the Civic Arts Commission, which advises the City Council on all matters affecting the beauty and culture of the city. 

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  Current Civic Arts Updates  

 New Announcement:   


North Berkeley Senior Center Public Art Proposals


Grant Review Panel 

 The Civic Arts Program is seeking panelists to serve on our grants review panels for Fiscal Year 2019/2020 for Berkeley-based arts organizations, individual artists and festivals and cultural events taking place in Berkeley. For more information and to apply:

Civic Arts Grants for Fiscal Year 2019/2020 

Funding for Arts Organizations, Individual Artist Projects and Festivals 

Applications open February 11 – April 25, 2019

Application Workshops at Tarea Hall Pittman South Library Branch for: 

Festivals on March 5, 6 – 8 PM 

Arts Organizations & Individual Artists on March 12, 6 – 8 PM

More information and Grant Applications 




Starting on Friday, January 18 and running through April 17, 2019, the downtown BART plaza will feature a new immersive sound installation called “The City, The Block, A Village Amongst Us…” by sound designer, composer and recording engineer Gregory Robinson. 

      Reports and Studies       

   Civic Arts Contract Forms  



 Civic Arts Commission 

Arts and Culture Plan  

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Agendas and Minutes                                        


Arts and Culture Plan Updates 2017-18    

 Public Art Program 

          Public Art on Private Development Program 

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West Berkeley Library  











Civic Arts Grants

          Arts As Economic Development   

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City Hall   

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To view information on the nationally-acclaimed Romare Bearden mural commissioned by the City of Berkeley and displayed in the Council Chambers for 30 years, please visit the 
 Romare Bearden page on the city website.  

Romare Bearden
Berkeley--The City and Its People, 1973
collage of various papers with paint, ink, and graphite on seven fiberboard panels 




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