UPDATED March 23, 2022: The City of Watsonville is considering a percent for art ordinance. This is a tool that cities use to create a fund for arts and culture projects and public art. Forty-eight California cities have adopted this funding mechanism, including San Francisco, San Jose, Salinas, Santa Cruz, and Capitola.

This will be an important step for the City of Watsonville and the movement for the arts, which will create ongoing funding (estimated $400,000 annually) to support festivals, public art, cultural projects and even performing arts! 

What’s the process? 

In early March the Planning Commission and Parks and Recreation Commission unanimously approved the percent for art ordinance. The next step is City Council. The City Council will review this over two meetings. If City Council approves the ordinance, the City of Watsonville will have an arts fund.

Show your support

The City Council meeting is scheduled for April 12 at 6:30pm. If you can attend, this is the meeting to show your support. City Council meetings are open to the public and held in the Community Room of the Civic Plaza at 275 Main Street Watsonville, CA.

Find the agenda here (it will be posted a few days before the meeting).

If you can’t make it to the meeting, please consider sending an email to citycouncil@cityofwatsonville.org to express your support. Every comment and email makes a difference.

Questions? Contact adriana.flores@cityofwatsonville.org

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