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Art in Public Places Community Projects

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The Arts Committee approved the Debunking Stereotypes through Muralism project which aims to dismantle stereotypes about race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, social class and religion, by painting scenes that work as a counter-narrative. The artist held community gatherings to discuss stereotypes promoted in Albany and throughout the larger community. Based on the feedback he gathered, Cristian Munoz created a design that debunks the negative stereotypes and paints a new story. These sketches are of the two-sided mural to be displayed on the walls of the Hillview Pet Hospital and Dana Meyer Auto Care (corner of Castro St and San Pablo Ave). These two businesses kindly provided the walls to create a meaningful space for reflection on our city’s diversity and values. Residents will be invited to assist in the creation of this community mural.

Christian Munoz is an Albany resident. You can view his work along the Ohlone Greenway.

The estimated work start date for the selected mural is fall 2019.

The Arts Committee would like to hear from you. To provide your input, click here. All feedback must be received by September 9, 2019. To provide feedback in-person, we invite you to attend the Arts Committee meeting on September 9 at City Hall (1000 San Pablo Avenue). For questions, contact the Recreation & Community Services Department (510) 524-9283.

In accordance with the City of Albany Public Arts Master Plan, the Albany Arts Committee (AAC) may set aside funds from the Art in Public Places (APP) Fund every two years to support proposals for public art projects originated by individuals or groups in the Albany community. These “Community Projects” are selected following a process outlined in the City of Albany Master Plan, Section K: Community Participation.

The Albany City Council approved the Arts Committee to set aside of up to $14,000 in the 2017-2019 funding cycle for Community Projects. Community Projects are intended to be small in scale with a TOTAL project budget under $10,000.

Proposals for Community Projects are not currently being accepted.

Community Project Guidelines - proposals for Community Projects are not currently being accepted
Residents or groups proposing Community Projects should have a clear and specific sense of where the project will be sited within the City of Albany, as well as a clear plan for the content, scale and medium of the work to be created. Projects may be sited on private property, if visible and/or accessible to the public.

While not absolutely required, most Community Project proposals will include a specific artist (or artists). A letter of commitment, including acceptance of the proposed artist fee, is strongly recommended. Projects intended to involve multiple community artists as part of the creative process should state this clearly and identify a Lead Artist responsible for the aesthetic and artistic quality of the overall work. Feasibility is a key criterion for proposal selection, and a qualified artist committed to the project is an indicator of feasibility.

Proposal Guidelines: Individuals or groups proposing Community Projects are not expected to expend significant funds on proposals. Amateur site drawings and other visual aids are acceptable, so long as they give a clear sense of the proposed project. Artistic quality is a criterion for selection. Sketches or images of proposed artwork (or examples of similar work) should accurately present artistic quality.

A complete proposal will include:

1) Community Art Project Proposal

2) Project Description, a brief (1-2 page) outline of the proposed project, including intent, goals and expected benefits to the Albany community; justification for site selection; justification for artist selection (or process for community artist selection under the guidance of a Lead Artist); brief description of the process to create and install the work, including materials and techniques; proposed project timeline; anticipated life of the project; and expected maintenance needs over time.

3) Visual documentation of the proposed site and design. This may include photos, drawings or digital “mock-ups.” If an artist has been selected but has not yet completed a design, a sample of similar work is acceptable. Similarities or differences between the work sample and the proposed project should be clarified in the Project Description. Any artist sketches or images provided should accurately reflect the artistic quality of the project.

4) Project budget showing the proposed request, other funding (and whether it is pending or committed) and all expenses, including artist(s) fees, fees to any other individual to create and/or install the project (architects, contractors, etc.), and all materials and supplies. Fees associated with the City of Albany permit process will apply. To calculate estimated permit fees, contact the Albany Planning Division (John Erlich,

The total budget for the project, including but not limited to the requested grant, must be under $10,000. Community Projects are intended to be small scale projects.

5) Resume/CV and/or website URL for any artist (s) who will work on the project;

6) Letter of commitment from artist(s) that includes acceptance of any proposed artist fee for the proposed work (optional but strongly recommended);

7) Evidence of community support (optional). Signed letters of support from Albany community members or community groups received on or before date specified, will be included in proposal packets presented to the AAC.

Proposals should be addressed to the Albany Arts Committee (Attn: Community Project Proposals) and submitted in person or via post to 1249 Marin Avenue.

Selection Criteria: 
Complete criteria for consideration of public art projects are described in the City of Albany Public Arts Master Plan. Community members are strongly encouraged to review the Public Art Master Plan before submitting a proposal. In summary, criteria include:

  • Artistic quality, including how appropriate the proposed work is for the location, site, environment and Albany community, and whether the design is unified with existing natural, human-made and historical features of the site;
  • Process and materials, including whether the proposed work is likely to change over time due to exposure, and how this will impact the community;
  • Safety and maintenance considerations, including visual or physical hazards;
  • Feasibility, including whether outside funding has been secured;
  • Siting on public or private property (state law requires special scrutiny for projects sited on private property);
  • Degree of support or opposition from the Albany community.

Selection Process:
The Arts Committee follows a review process described in the City of Albany Public Arts Master Plan.

The AAC will review all complete Community Project proposals at a regularly scheduled public meeting. One or more proposals may be selected for continuing action at this time. If the AAC determines that no proposals satisfy selection criteria, funds will remain in the APP Fund for future use.

If one or more proposals are selected for continuing action, the AAC will ask individuals or groups connected to the proposal(s) to attend a future meeting to answer questions. Applicants may be asked at this time to submit additional information to supplement their proposals.

A visual representation of all projects continuing forward will also be put on display at the Albany Community Center for 60 days, so that community members may offer comment. The City and the AAC will work with applicants to ensure these displays give the public an accurate sense of the project.

Questions? Please contact Eva Phalen.