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Help shape the future of the arts in Berkeley

Berkeley, California (Tuesday, May 30, 2017) - Arts and culture permeate Berkeley life through our bevy of acclaimed theatres, performing arts spaces, the city's many artists and dozens of arts-focused nonprofits. We want to make that culture stronger.

Use your experience with the arts and let us know through a survey how you'd like it to shape Berkeley life. In the process, you'll help us update the City's Arts and Culture Plan, a document that guides how the City Council allocates funding and helps the arts community seeks grants from foundations.

The survey, which you can find at http://bit.ly/berkeleyarts, will help the City align the Arts and Culture Plan with the community's interests and values. Fill it out before June 2.

If you're interested in getting further involved, join City staff and the Civic Arts Commission at a community workshop about the new Arts & Culture Plan:

Arts & Cultural Plan Meeting
Thursday, June 1, 6 to 8pm
Kala Art Institute
2990 San Pablo Avenue

The last time the plan was updated was 2004. Since then, the City has seen dramatic shifts in its arts landscape. A new Freight and Salvage and a re-imagined UC Theatre have become cornerstones of burgeoning music scene. The Aurora Theatre, Berkeley Rep, and Shotgun Players have created one of the region's most vibrant clusters for theatre. The new BAMPFA has given Berkeley an iconic and celebrated destination museum.

Challenges have also emerged. Most notably, the high cost of residential and commercial rent is pushing out artists and threatens nonprofit arts organizations.

This update to Berkeley's Arts and Culture Plan is funded in part by a $50,000 grant from the William and Flora Hewlett Foundation. The Arts & Culture Plan is being implemented under the review of the Civic Arts Commission. For more information or to view the 2004 Arts and Culture Plan, visit the Berkeley Civic Arts website.

Staff Contact: Mary Ann Merker, Civic Arts Coordinator, City of Berkeley    mmerker@CityofBerkeley.info


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