The Passionate Arts Commission Volunteers

Managed by the Arts Program Manager in consultation with the City’s Arts Commission, the Santa Cruz City Arts ongoing programs, funded through the Economic Development Department, include sculpTOUR, Graphic Traffic and the Mural Matching Grant program. The City’s Percent for Art Program enhances the City’s infrastructure and education efforts and includes innovative programs like the Santa Cruz Recycled Art Program (SCRAP) in coordination with Public Works at the City’s Resource Recovery Facility.

The Arts Program Manager initiates and implements long-term planning projects, such as the Rail Trail Arts Master Plan and the Citywide Arts Master Plan - which lay out a vision for investments in public art.

Partnerships with local organizations such as Arts Council Santa Cruz County, the Downtown Association, the Art League, the Museum of Art and History - and many more, support a vibrant arts culture in Santa Cruz and multiply the impact of city arts funds.

Appointed by the City Council, the seven-member Arts Commission makes recommendations regarding the public art program and the establishment of regulations or guidelines which are necessary to carry out the purposes of the Percent for Art Ordinance.

To contact City Arts call 831-420-5150 or email CityArts@ CityofSantaCruz.com

Meet The City Arts Team

We believe the arts are vital to our quality of life and the understanding of the human condition.

Liz Birnbaum

Liz Birnbaum

She / Her Arts Commissioner
Janina Larenas

Janina Larenas

She / Her Arts Commissioner
Louise Leong

Louise Leong

She / Her Art Commissioner
Sean McGowen

Sean McGowen

He / Him Arts Commissioner
Linda Cover

Linda Cover

She / Her Arts Commissioner
Marilyn Kuksht

Marilyn Kuksht

She / Her Arts Commissioner

Economic Vitality

Learn how a thriving arts culture impacts the economic vitality of our city.

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