Arts Commission

Arts Commission 2018-08-08T09:38:53+00:00

Santa Clarita Arts and Events Division

20880 Centre Pointe Parkway, Mezzanine
Santa Clarita, CA 91350

(661) 250-3787

Arts Commissioners

Susan Shapiro
Susan ShapiroChair
John Dow
John DowVice-Chair
Patti Rasmussen
Patti RasmussenCommissioner
Vanessa Wilk
Vanessa WilkCommissioner
Dr. Michael Millar
Dr. Michael MillarCommissioner

Arts Master Plan – AMPED

The City of Santa Clarita commissioned the Arts Master Plan to create a long-term roadmap for arts, entertainment, and cultural development throughout the community over the next 10 years. The plan addresses several areas of specific interest: public art, Old Town Newhall Arts and Entertainment District, arts education, governance of the arts, cultural facilities, venues and spaces, supporting artists and arts organizations, arts funding, creative economy, marketing the arts, and celebrating diversity. The Arts Master Plan also builds on a two-phased Cultural Arts Master Plan adopted in 1997 and 1998, as well as other documents created under the guidance of the City of Santa Clarita Arts Commission.

2018 Work Plan Priorities

Recommendation 1.6 – Create a program of temporary public art.

Recommendation 2.4 – Begin development of a creative live/work facility in Old Town Newhall.

Recommendation 3.1 – Convene an arts education collaborative.

Recommendation 6.4 – Explore development of a leadership training and placement program for business and community leaders to serve on boards of arts organizations.

Recommendation 9.1 – Develop a comprehensive arts marketing program.

2016-17 Work Plan Priorities

Recommendation 1.1 – Implement a public art planning and selection process.
Status Update: Arts Commission developed a public art planning and selection process adopted by City Council on September 27, 2016.

Recommendation 1.3 – Enact a public percent-for-art requirement.
Status Update: Arts Commission developed a civic percent for art proposal adopted by City Council on September 26, 2017.

Recommendation 5.1 – Develop a plan for an outdoor amphitheater.
Status Update: City Council awarded contract to develop an Amphitheater Feasibilty Study to AEA Conulting LLC on November 14, 2017.

Recommendation 5.3 – Explore future development of a community arts center.
Status Update: Staff presented the information gathered through group meetings, an online survey, and individual intervies to assess arts community needs to the Arts Commission on August 10, 2017.

Recommendation 7.1 – Assist in the formation of an Arts and Business Leadership Council.
Status Update: A proposal has been drafted to encourage the Santa Clarita Valley Economic Development Corporation to create a Creative Industries Cluster to serve as the entity to bring together arts, entertainment, educaiton, and business communities in late 2017.

Completed Recommendations

Recommendation 1.1 – The City should implement a public art planning and selectionprocess that utilizes peer review and community input to ensure that public art pieces meet the goals of providing enjoyable and attractive public spaces that reflect the character of the community.

Recommendation 1.3 – The City should enact a percent-for-art requirement for all new public capital improvement projects.

Recommendation 4.2 – The Arts Commission should develop an annual arts work plan as a part of the annual goal-setting process, and submit that plan to the City Council for approval.

Recommendation 4.3 – Conduct an annual joint workshop session with the City Council and the Arts Commission to define priorities and issues, in advance of creating an annual arts program work plan.

Recommendation 6.2 – Create a new capacity building category of grants for arts and cultural organizations, including assistance for unincorporated and culturally specific groups.

Recommendation 10.1 – Create a Diversity and Inclusion Subcommittee of the Arts Commission to promote relevant programming, awareness, and opportunities.

Arts Economy Prosperity Report

Arts Economic Prosperity IV in the City of Santa Clarita, CA