Oakland City Council makes cuts, sign petition

Oakland City Council is proposing to cut all Cultural Funding and Public Art staff positions,
as well as the entire Oakland Cultural Funding Program’s grants budget,
to close the City’s budget gap.

This would essentially close down the Cultural Arts Programs, as there would be no staff, even if public art dollars are generated by new construction.
Please forward this news to everyone you know who lives in Oakland or cares about the arts in the East Bay.

Read the Cultural Affairs Commission chair’s message below for more detail on how the programs serve Oakland’s diverse community.

What you can do:
1) Forward this urgent email to as many people as possible.
2) Sign the online petition here
3)
Contact a Council Member and let them know how important Oakland/East Bay arts are to you! Tell City Council, NO CUTS TO THE ARTS! Short of that, please sign the online petition by Monday, October 20th. Thank you!

For some background, see this Oakland Tribune story: here But note that where the story refers to ‘suspending’ the arts programs, the Council’s proposal would actually eliminate ALL arts grants funding and all staff positions in the City’s cultural arts programs!The message below comes from the leaders of the Oakland Cultural Affairs Commission.

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