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TWO PERCENT FOR ART IN MENLO PARK

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Date: Fri, 17 Apr 2015 13:18:22 -0400

Honorable Mayor and Council Members:
 
During the recent discussions about PUBLIC BENEFITS, the speaker discussed
the option of a sustained, organized source of funding for certain
earmarked activities. In that spirit, I'd like to request serious consideration
for using TWO PERCENT of funds set aside for Public Benefits to be available
in a city fund for use as a cultural enhancement.
 
Brick and mortar address many needs, but only culture in the form of art
touches the human spirit. Menlo Park has been without an ART COMMISSION for
many years. During that time period only a few new art related projects have
been offered to the community.
 
With the many development projects underway, both commercial and
residential, the time to step up the activity for public art is N O W.
Won't you do your part in helping to make this a reality?
 
Art comes in many forms, such as, but not limited to, 1) paintings, 2)
sculpture, 3) dance, 4) music, 5) theatre and film. Only two city parks out
of fourteen have public art. Let's double this and if possible, consider
more.
 
At one time a public spirited citizen offered a substantial amount to "jump
 start" the art program. The City Council respectfully heard the request
during Public Comment No. 1, but replied simply by saying "next speaker". I
can tell you that citizen was humiliated, as no one, that is, city council
members, staff or others, followed up. It fell on deaf ears.
 
Today we have an opportunity to make a difference in the quality of life
for our citizens. Public art may be one way to accomplish that.
Received on Fri Apr 17 2015 - 10:13:58 PDT

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