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From: domainremoved <Jim>
Date: Thu, 19 Oct 2017 14:31:28 -0400

Honorable Mayor and Council Members:

Somebody has to say it... Menlo Park compared to their neighboring cities, has very little to offer by way of art.

Fortunately, others in the community are stepping up to the plate and doing their part. In comparision, there is so much more that can be done. For instance, consider for the moment,

    1) Only one utility box has been painted, that one being at Fremont Park

    2) The last stone sculpture at Bedwell Bayfront Park was done nearly 30 years ago
    3) Not one developer is being asked to provide Public Art within their project.

The answer may be as simple as reactivating the dormant MENLO PARK ART COMMISSION, by appointing seven ready, willing and talented local residents to serve the community.

To your credit, the Community Services Department oversees the MA Performing Arts Center (PAC), Summer Concerts, Film Night, etc. That is helpful, but so much more can and should be done. What it will take is a committment by the City that art, in its many forms, is an important part of LIFE. Whether it be

    1) Dance
    2) Poetry

    3) Sculpture

    4) Paintings

    5) Theatre

    6) Music

    7) Literature

and so on, this is what CULTURE is about.

The staff committment can be minimal, especially if meetings are initially held quarterly. The impact on the budget can also be minimal, as demonstrated by last night's unamimous approval by the ATHERTON CITY COUNCIL, on Consent Calendar Item # 10, supporting their arts program. The budget was a modest $11,120 --- for the year ! You might also take a look at the art program in neighboring Redwood City, Palo Alto, Mountain View, Sunnyvale, in Southern California and across the nation. Art is important to many, as it should be and could be here.

Thanks for your time and consideration. I only ask, if there is NOT time to consider this in your October, November or December 2017 City Council meetings, that it be agendized for consideration during the January 2018 GOAL SETTING MEETING.


Jim Lewis
Received on Thu Oct 19 2017 - 11:36:33 PDT

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