Cultural Arts Programs

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Art Gallery Program

The commission presents a series of quarterly art gallery exhibits in the Betty Weber Gallery, designed to showcase the creativity of community and Bay Area artists. From expert to novice, artists have participated in public art gallery events that have featured various media including painting, floral design, photography, sculpture, textiles, porcelain dolls, miniatures and bonsai. The vision for the art gallery program is to continue presentations that reflect a wide spectrum of art styles and media crossing all areas of art and interest groups.

Arts Education

Current and past art education programs include:

  • The Youth Art Show with the collaboration of the South San Francisco Unified School District.
  • The Jack Drago Cultural Arts Commission Youth Art Scholarship, an annual award in the arts, for deserving South San Francisco high school seniors.
  • The Teen Poetry Contest for San Mateo County high school students co-sponsored with the Friends of the Library.
  • Children's art display featuring the art of pre-school and childcare participants.

Arts Funding

The City Council has periodically allocated funds for the acquisition of public art since 1997-1998. In addition, the City has adopted an ordinance that is administered by the Planning Commission that creates an opportunity for local businesses to contribute to an art fund in lieu of meeting landscape requirements where circumstances make this impossible. The Commission has also received some grant and corporate funding.

Arts Partnerships

An important aspect of the Commission is the work done cooperatively with other agencies and the private sector to accomplish projects of mutual benefit.