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File #: 22-0657   
Type: Report to Board/Commission Status: Passed
Meeting Body: Arts Commission
On agenda: 9/21/2022
Title: Recommend that Council Approve the Deaccession of the Untitled Ceramic Mural by Artists Danny Sheu and Jeff Bordona (1998) from the City's Permanent Art Collection
Attachments: 1. Reserved for Report to Council, 2. Policy 6.4.4 Art in Public Places, 3. Photograph of Untitled Mural, 4. Photograph of Damaged Mural
REPORT TO ARTS COMMISSION
SUBJECT
Title
Recommend that Council Approve the Deaccession of the Untitled Ceramic Mural by Artists Danny Sheu and Jeff Bordona (1998) from the City's Permanent Art Collection

Report
BACKGROUND
Council Policy 6.4.4 - Art in Public Places (Attachment 2) sets forth uniform guidelines for including public art in the City's Permanent Art Collection. It also assigns responsibility for the oversight and maintenance of the collection to the Department of Library and Recreation Services (LRS), which includes deaccessioning individual pieces of the collection when necessary. Deaccessioning is the act of formally removing a piece of art from the collection and is a standard practice for museums, galleries, universities, and government organizations that maintain art collections.

The Deaccessioning Plan in the City's Art in Public Places policy defines circumstances appropriate for permanently removing works of art from the City's collection. The policy sets forth a process that includes the Arts Commission review and recommendation to Council of the staff recommendation for a proposed deaccession.

The purpose of this report is to seek input from the Arts Commission regarding staff's recommendation to deaccession an item from the City's Permanent Art Collection. The Commission's recommendation will be reviewed by Council at their Sept. 13, 2022, meeting.

ENVIRONMENTAL REVIEW
The deaccession of artwork from the Permanent Art Collection does not constitute a "project" with the meaning of the California Environmental Quality Act ("CEQA") pursuant to CEQA Guidelines section 15378(b)(5) in that it is a governmental organizational or administrative activity that will not result in direct or indirect changes in the environment.

EXISTING POLICY
Council Policy 6.4.4: Art in Public Places

DISCUSSION
While the intent of the City's Permanent Art Collection is to maintain and display each piece of art indefinitely, there are circumstances that warran...

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