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Centennial Art Finalists Presented Friday

The city intends to pay up to $200,000 for a piece of art to represent the city's centennial. You can see the finalists. Details here.

The final contenders to be the artist whose work is commissioned by the city to represent its centennial will be presented Friday during a special public Cultural Arts Commission meeting from 11 a.m. to 12 noon in the Police/Fire Department Conference Room at 400/420 15th Street, according to the city's website. 

The city has authorized payment of up to $200,000 for the piece. City Council will make the final approval of artist and dollar amount spent.

Russ Samuels November 18, 2012 at 06:02 AM
Lets meet for coffee Monday and talk this out. I bet this conversation would be more productive in person. You can post your final thoughts about this after we have a chance to talk. How's 9 am at Two Guns Espresso on PCH in MB? Anyone else following this is also invited.
Gerry O'Connor November 18, 2012 at 08:30 PM
Russ, I've expressed my appreciation for the work of our Cultural Arts Commission, and I've endeavored to clearly identify some very specific concerns about how that good work is and isn't being effectively communicated to the general public. At the end of the day it's up to you, as the current Commission chair (as well as others who may be reading), to do as you wish with this input. My hope is for an improved focus, by *all* of our elected and appointed officials, on actively instilling the above-described cultural change at our City Hall -- a cultural change that will ultimately result in increased public trust, engagement and participation ... which, in turn, will foster improved public decision making and an even stronger community. Frankly, I cannot justify scheduling time to meet with you individually to discuss this yet further. The concept is actually quite basic, and certainly germane to any form of public service. Some get it, and some just don't. My hope is that I've at least helped to move you forward in this regard. In the short term, and as I've suggested, the topic of improved public communications ought be placed on the agenda of a regular Cultural Arts Commission meeting. When I see it there, I'll do my best to attend and participate.
Informed MB November 19, 2012 at 04:08 PM
Where did Patch get the $200,000 figure? It's only a fraction of that amount!
Liz Spear November 19, 2012 at 08:28 PM
Ah, the ins & outs of keeping up with MB City Council. From a Feb. 2012 staff report, "City Council approved the use of “up to $400,000” from the Public Art Trust fund to be used for the City’s Centennial art project and public art for the new Manhattan Beach library." & the city's Cultural Arts Cultural Arts Commission had recommended $200,000, but, yes, Council finally approved a lesser amount of $150,000.00. Lucky us, eh?!
Russ Samuels December 08, 2012 at 05:24 AM
Actually, approx $2000,000k is being utilized for the library art, plus the Centennial Art $150, = $350k. The final approval of the recommendation CAC and APPC for the Centennial Art was approved on Tuesday. The money comes from the Public Art Trust Fund, not any resident taxpayer money.

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