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Arts Commission Duties
The Arts Commission comprises 11 members. Each member serves a four year term. The Arts Commission advises the City Council on all matters relating to the arts and cultural life of San José. The Commission reviews art acquisitions, arts programs, public art projects, and grant applications from cultural groups and recommends levels of funding for them to the City Council. The Commission also serves as an advocate for the arts and for beautification of the environment to the Council and the Staff.

The City Council is the final decision-making body. The Commission is advisory to the Council on the distribution of City funding for the Arts and makes recommendations to the Council respecting Arts and Festival grants. Arts Commissioners serve as liaisons between the City’s arts programs, programs of adjacent communities, the state and the nation, and arts organizations.

The Commission meets on the third Monday of each month at 5:30 P.M. in City Hall, Room W119. Commissioners spend between 25-30 hours a month in Commission meetings, study and preparation time, serving on grant review panels, and meetings with citizens, cultural groups and others. Meeting materials are available via the Office of Cultural Affairs website.

Member Qualification & Information
Commissioners must be residents of San José. It is helpful if commissioners have acknowledged accomplishments in the field of architecture, art criticism, art history, choreography, crafts, drama, landscape architecture, literature, music, painting, photography or sculpture, or a demonstrated interest in and appreciation of cultural and artistic activities. Any expertise in business or accounting would be helpful. 

There is no compensation for the Arts Commission. However, from time to time, commissioners may be reimbursed for some expenses incurred on City business. 

Political Reform Act of 1974
The Conflict of Interests Section of the Political Reform Act applies to the Arts Commission. Commissioners are required to file a Statement of Economic Interests, Form 700, to disclose investments, income including gifts and loans, and business positions, but these are limited to persons or business entities which are eligible to be applicants for cultural grants from the City of San José. 

All applications received are submitted to the Project Diversity Screening Committee for review according to the needs of the commission as specified in a Needs Assessment Memo. Applications will also be forwarded to the city attorney for a conflict of interest review and thereafter, the applicants will be asked to appear before the Screening Committee members for an interview. Following interviews, the Screening Committee will develop a list of applicants which will be submitted to the council member liaison to the commission. The liaison will forward the list to the Rules Committee of Council either with or without a supplemental recommendation. The City Council makes the final appointment to the commission based on Rules Committee recommendations. 

Commissioners are expected to attend all commission meetings. San José Municipal Code Section 2.08.060 specifies that a commissioner who has unexcused absences from any three consecutive regular meetings, or 20% of the meetings in a calendar year, is deemed to have resigned from the commission. 

For further information about the commission, see San José Municipal Code Section 2.08.800, and contact the commission staff at (408) 277-5144, x13. 

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