SPECIAL MEETING OF THE FULL ARTS COMMISSION
Wednesday, November 16, 2011
City Hall, Room 416
1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place
- Roll Call
- Approval of Minutes
Motion to approve October 3, 2011 Minutes.
Explanatory document: Draft minutes
- President’s Report
Current developments and announcements.
- Interim Director’s Report
Current administrative, budgetary and programming developments and announcements.
- Consent Calendar
The following items are included in the Consent Calendar subject to withdrawal at the request of a Commissioner:
Approval of Committee Minutes
- Motion to approve the Community Arts, Education and Grants Committee Meeting Minutes of October 11, 2011.
- Motion to approve the Civic Design Review Committee Meeting Minutes of October 17, 2011.
- Motion to approve the Visual Arts Committee Meeting Minutes of October 19, 2011.
Community Arts and Education Committee Recommendations (October 11, 2011)
- Motion to approve the proposed 2011-2012 Management and Program Plan and budget for the Mission Cultural Center for Latino Arts, for a grant not to exceed $522,923, contingent upon completion of revisions and submissions.
Civic Design Review Committee Recommendations (October 17, 2011)
- Motion to approve Phase 2 of the Cabrillo Clubhouse and Playground Restoration with the contingency to lower the ocean relief wall to match the height of the retaining wall and widen the design.
- Motion to approve the Third Street Light Rail: 4th and Brannan Platform with the condition of separating the pole for the artwork from the canopy structure, integrating lighting into the windbreaks, and presenting the refined canopy design prior to Phase 3 review.
Visual Arts Committee Recommendations (October 19, 2011)
- Motion to grant approval to the Port of San Francisco to modify the Art Ribbon where adjacent to Pier 26 on The Embarcadero Promenade, to allow raised sections to be reconstructed flush with the adjacent pavement. Reconstructed sections would continue the light concrete paving and glass block as per established Art Ribbon specifications.
- Motion to allow the Port of San Francisco to make modifications to the Art Ribbon where previously authorized by the Arts Commission without including electrical lighting components.
- Motion to approve revised conceptual design of Bill Fontana’s proposed artwork for the North Beach Library and to proceed to Design Development.
- Motion to approve the location of Gateway by Primitivo Suarez-Wolfe to be installed at the planned bulb-out at Market and 14th Streets.
- Motion to approve Conceptual Design Phase (proposed materials) for the artwork by Tomie Arai for Central Subway Chinatown Station.
- Motion to approve Design Development Phase of the artwork by Erwin Redl (Paramedia LLC) for Central Subway Union Square Market Street Station.
- Motion to approve Design Development Phase of the artwork by Catherine Wagner for Central Subway Moscone Station.
- Motion to approve the Memorandum of Understanding between the San Francisco Arts Commission and the Public Utilities Commission.
- Motion to approve the artist Colette Crutcher as recommended by the Artist Selection Panel for an artwork at Cabrillo Playground.
- Motion to authorize the Director of Cultural Affairs to enter into a contract with Colette Crutcher for design, fabrication, transportation and installation consultation of an artwork for Cabrillo Playground in an amount not to exceed $35,970.
- Motion to approve the transfer of all the San Francisco Arts Commission’s bound minutes to the San Francisco Public Library.
- Motion to approve the release of $10,040 of $12,550 art enrichment funds generated by Lafayette Park for community-generated amenity projects, and allocate $2,510 to public art at the Chinese Recreation Center.
Executive Committee Recommendations (November 7, 2011)
- Motion to approve resolution supporting reinstatement of Latin Jazz and other categories to the Grammy Awards, as follows.
This resolution to reinstate the 31 categories of music that were dropped by the National Academy of Arts and Sciences (NARAS) for GRAMMY consideration on April 6, 2011 supports the music genres that are truly reflective of the contemporary musical landscape and cultural diversity of the United States.
WHEREAS, the City and County of San Francisco, which maintains a proud tradition as a hub of cultural and musical diversity, is home and host to valuable contributors of the American musical lexicon, including numerous GRAMMY®-nominated and -winning composers, artists and professionals; and
WHEREAS, NARAS, an influential nonprofit 501(c)(6) organization, is based in California and home to 30% of its 20,000+ members, and includes a San Francisco Chapter; and
WHEREAS, the decision to drop the 31 categories from GRAMMY consideration was done by secret committee without consulting the voting membership of NARAS and without local chapters’ Board of Governors’ knowledge; and
WHEREAS, the eliminated categories include Latin Jazz, Contemporary Jazz, Hawaiian, Cajun, Zydeco, Native American, Tejano, Classical Crossover, Instrumental Rock, along with significant reductions in awards given to the categories of Gospel, Blues and R&B; and
WHEREAS, protests and meetings have occurred in Los Angeles, San Francisco, New York, Hawaii, Chicago, New Orleans, and other national locations to resolve this severe and extremely insensitive blow to cultural expression and recognition in our country; and
WHEREAS respected GRAMMY-winning and -nominated artists, including Paul Simon, Herbie Hancock, Bonnie Raitt, Carlos Santana, John Santos, John Calloway, Eddie Palmieri, Wayne Wallace, Bobby Sanabria and many others have joined NARAS members, colleagues, and past Chapter governors in writing letters and signing a petition with 5,000 cosigners urging NARAS to reverse their secret decision and reinstate the GRAMMY categories; and
WHEREAS, national and international media coverage (KTVU, San Francisco Chronicle, Washington Post, CNN, MSNBC, Reuters, BBC, Wall Street Journal, etc.) has been given to the outcry against this unjust and harmful decision in over 1,200 national and international stories published and syndicated in print, broadcast, and digital formats; and
WHEREAS, NARAS has a responsibility to their voting membership to ensure that ethical decision practices are maintained because the GRAMMY is considered to be the highest award achievable for music excellence in the Unites States and therefore should strive to include genres and categories of particular creative and foundational significance; and
WHEREAS, the thousands of affected musicians, engineers, manufacturers, composers, arrangers, graphic artists, publicists, distributors, and other industry professionals who work in the eliminated categories will suffer economically from not being able to participate in the GRAMMY awards; and
WHEREAS, thousands of California consumers and patrons of these important musical traditions have also been negatively affected and disrespected by this ill-advised decision; and
WHEREAS, the NARAS leadership has acknowledged that a “mistake” was made indicates that these genres should never have been eliminated in the first place;
NOW THEREFORE, be it resolved that the San Francisco Arts Commission urges the National Academy of Arts and Sciences to immediately reinstate the eliminated categories in order to restore integrity and diversity to the GRAMMY Awards and fulfill the organization’s responsibilities to its membership and as a nonprofit organization representing the interests of diverse musicians and recording professionals; and be it
FURTHER RESOLVED, that the San Francisco Arts Commission directs its administrative staff to send copies of this resolution to NARAS National Board Chair George Flanigen, Board Secretary Glenn Lorbecki, and President Neil Portnow.
- Committee Reports and Committee Matters
- Executive Committee—P.J. Johnston, Chair
- Discussion: Report from Chair of Executive Committee regarding activities of the Committee and the Program.
- Civic Design Review Committee—Cass Calder Smith, Chair
- Discussion: Report from Chair of Civic Design Review Committee regarding activities of the Committee and the Program.
- Community Arts, Education and Grants Committee—Sherri Young, Chair
- Discussion: Report from Chair of Community Arts, Education and Grants Committee regarding activities of the Committee and the Program.
- Street Artists Committee—Gregory Chew, Chair
- Discussion: Report from Chair of Street Artists Committee regarding activities of the Committee and the Program.
- Action: Motion to approve requests by former certificate-holders for priority issuance of certificate with waiver of re-screening of wares: Cindy Louie, Wei Qiang Kuang, Chris Letsche, Juan Sanchez, Homan Yim.
- Action: Motion to approve request by applicant for waiver of 15-day requirement for obtaining a certificate: Dennis Blunt.
- Action: Motion to approve compensation as specified by ordinance plus reasonable travel expenses to members of Advisory Committee of Street Artists and Crafts Examiners for testifying at meetings of the Street Artists Committee, the full Arts Commission, and the Board of Appeals relative to street artist violation hearings, arts and crafts criteria, or other Advisory Committee matters.
- Action: Motion to approve honorarium payment of $300 plus materials to Mario Hernandez for assisting Program Director in painting permanent and winter holiday spaces in the Downtown area.
- Visual Arts Committee—Lorraine García-Nakata, Chair
- Discussion: Report from Chair of Visual Arts Committee regarding activities of the Committee and the Program.
- Action: Motion to authorize the Director of Cultural Affairs to increase Scott (Shimon) Attie’s agreement from $47,800 for conceptual design by $100,000 to include design development and construction documents, for a total contract amount not to exceed $147,800.
- Action: Motion to authorize the Director of Cultural Affairs to enter into a contract with and to approve honorarium payments in the amount of $1,200 for the following artists in the SFAC Gallery’s January 2012 exhibition: Luca Antonucci, Jonathon Keats, Heather Sparks and Gail Wight; $900 for Daniel Small; $300 for Philip Ross; and $2,000 for Reenie Charrière, for the SFAC Gallery’s January 2012 window installation at 155 Grove Street.
- Action: Otterness Public Art Agreements: Discussion and possible action to proceed with, continue to suspend, or terminate the contract(s) with artist Tom Otterness for the (i.) General Hospital Acute Care Unit: Potrero Avenue Entry Plaza and Pedestrian Walkway and (ii.) Central Subway Moscone Station: Wayfinding Artwork, subject to any required approvals from the Department of Public Health, San Francisco Metropolitan and Transportation Agency, or any other appropriate agencies.
- Public Comment
(This item is to allow members of the public to comment generally on matters within the Commission’s purview as well as to suggest new agenda items for the Commission’s consideration.)
- Reports and Announcements
(This item is to allow the Commissioners to report on recent arts activities and make announcements.)
- New Business
(This item is to allow Commissioners to introduce new agenda items for consideration.)
- Public Employee Appointment/Hiring: Director of Cultural Affairs of the San Francisco Arts Commission
Closed Session to Appoint a Director of Cultural Affairs
- Open Session: Public Comment on All Matters Pertaining to the Closed Session
- Vote on Whether to Hold Closed Session to Appoint a Director of Cultural Affairs [San Francisco Administrative Code Section 67.10(b)]
- Closed Session Pursuant to Government Code Section 54957 and San Francisco Administrative Code Section 67.10(b)
Consideration and Possible Action to Appoint a Director of Cultural Affairs, City and County of San Francisco, Classification 0961, Department Head I
- Reconvene in Open Session
- Possible Report on Action Taken in Closed Session [Government Code Section 54957 and San Francisco Administrative Code Section 67.12(b)(4)], and in the event the Commission appoints a Director, the roll call vote of that action.
- Vote to Elect Whether to Disclose Any or All Discussions Held in Closed Session [San Francisco Administrative Code Section 67.12(a)]
Explanatory documents are available for public inspection and copying at the Arts Commission office, 25 Van Ness Avenue, Suite 345, San Francisco, CA 94102, during regular business hours. Info: Sharon Page Ritchie, 415/252-2591.
Public comment in regard to specific items will be taken before or during consideration of the item.
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