Civic Arts Committee

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In 2005, in order to "promote the general welfare through balancing the community’s physical growth and revitalization and its cultural and artistic resources", the San Mateo City Council passed an ordinance establishing the Art in Public Places Program. San Mateo’s ordinance calls for a 0.5% building permit fee to be used directly by the developers to commission and install their own art in publicly accessible places within projects that are valued at or greater than $3 million, or to provide the City the required in-lieu fee that then is reserved for City acquisition, installation and maintenance of public art.

The Civic Arts Committee (CAC) was established in 2008 as an advisory board to the City Council to implement the Art in Public Places program. Below are documents that establish and implement the program.

Meeting Information:

Date: On the Second Monday of every other month
Time: 4:00-5:30 pm
Location: San Mateo City Hall, Conference Room C, 330 West 20th Avenue

City Civic Arts Committee utilizes the City’s Public Meeting Portal. You can search by date and committee name for prior meetings information.

Regular Meetings in 2023

  • January 9, 2023
  • March 13, 2023
  • May 8, 2023
  • July 10, 2023
  • September 11, 2023
  • November 6, 2023

Special Meetings in 2023

  • Monday, February 13, 2023
  • Wednesday, April 19, 2023

Current members are:

  • Chair, Stephen Tabler - Chamber of Commerce Representative
  • Vice Chair, Robert Gooyer - AIA Architect Representative
  • Ginger Slonaker - Professional Artist Representative
  • Seema Patel - Planning Commission Representative
  • Dianne Whitaker - City Arts of San Mateo Representative

Civic Arts Committee members are reappointed with the bi-annual renewal of the Civic Arts Committee by the City Council. Committee officers' terms are concurrent with the 2-year term of the Committee.

Contact Information:

If you have questions about the Civic Arts Committee or are having trouble viewing the meeting agendas or materials, please email the Civic Arts Committee.