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Wednesday, June 08, 2011

Council Set to OK $25K Contract for City Arts Task Force Consultant

BY BILL KOENEKER


Malibu City Council members are expected to approve a $25,000 contract next week to hire a firm called Creative Hub “to facilitate the works of the [city's] Arts Task Force in creating a cultural arts report.”
Last year, when the council set up the charter for the task force, the document charged the panel with working with a consultant that could be hired to assist city staff and the task force with creating what is called a “strategic arts plan.”
Last December, the staff issued a Request for Proposal for consulting services for the preparation of the arts plan related to public art in the city. The city received four proposals by the RFP deadline, according to a staff report.
The staff ultimately selected Constance Jolcuvar of Creative Hub because of her work with Agoura Hills in creating a cultural arts initiative for that city.
The initiative features such objectives as a cultural arts council to oversee the initiative, a cultural artists' society to conduct fundraising and a comprehensive plan called the “cultural arts blueprint.”
The consultant is being asked to do the following: plan and facilitate a summit of stakeholders; develop a “visioning” survey; facilitate the gathering and research of information, such as the timeline to complete the arts report; complete an assessment of existing art venues, organizations, works of art and artists in Malibu for inclusion in a virtual cultural arts center; feasibility of creating an arts council or commission; feasibility of creating a fund to offer grants for local artists; explore the role and responsibilities of local government in administration of the arts program; and find funding opportunities and human and monetary resources needed to implement the program.
Also on tap is a proposed revision to the task force charter to abandon a 10-year forecasting plan and instead move forward with writing an arts plan. This would include a vision for the future of arts and culture in Malibu, a plan for coordination of the existing cultural resources and activities, and an inventory of existing resources and recommendations for implementing a public arts program in Malibu.

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