Arts and culture define Richmond as a community, helping to shape a unique identity that sets us apart from other urban areas.
Arts and culture are fundamental to the quality of life enjoyed by our residents, whose broad cultural diversity and historical contributions make Richmond so historically rich.
Images in the slideshow on this page are of art acquired and on display at the renovated Civic Center complex. Hover over the image for title, medium, and artist name.
In 2012, the City of Richmond awarded the first Poet Laureate prize. Through this Call for Poets, the City of Richmond's Arts and Culture Commission (RACC), in partnership with the Public Art Advisory Committee (PAAC) is seeking a Poet Laureate, who will be a Richmond resident during the two-year term. We recognize that poetry is accessible to people from all walks of life, gives voice, and speaks to the hearts, minds and souls of children, youth and adults in our community. Poetry is an important part of our culture, and history, reflecting our experiences in deep ways that connect humans together emotionally and spiritually. Reading and writing poetry helps us process intense emotions, share our stories, and experiment with language in ways that no other art form does. It also enhances our literacy skills in vocabulary, critical analytical skills, and in reading fluency and comprehension. The Richmond resident selected for this position will represent the City of Richmond.To apply, please visit Call for Poets: FY 2021-23 Poet Laureate.
The City would like to formally adopt policies and procedures for Richmond’s public art programs and update and combine the programs into one ordinance, titled “Public Art Program” Ordinance. In addition, staff drafted amendments to Richmond Municipal Code Section 3.59 titled “Arts and Culture Commission” such that the Public Art Advisory Committee shall be established as a subcommittee of the Richmond Arts and Culture Commission and all current Public Art Advisory Committee members will now be Arts and Culture Commissioners.
These documents will be presented to City Council for a first reading of the ordinance on May 4th. The City Council agenda and documents for this item are posted here: http://sireweb.ci.richmond.ca.us/sirepub/mtgviewer.aspx?meetid=871&doctype=agenda&itemid=75950.
Recommended Action: INTRODUCE an ordinance (first reading) repealing Chapter 12.62 “One-Percent for Public Art on Private Projects Program” and Resolution 70-97 “Establishing Public Works Improvements Arts Program” and adding Chapter 6.50 entitled “Public Art Program” to the Richmond Municipal Code; AMEND Chapter 3.59 of the Richmond Municipal Code entitled “Arts and Culture Commission,” and ADOPT a resolution approving “Public Art Policies and Procedures.”
The City of Richmond City Manager’s Office, Economic Development, Arts and Culture Division invites you to Arts & Culture Community Workshops. We want to share and seek input on the proposed updates to the Arts & Culture related ordinances, policies, and procedures.
These community workshops will provide an opportunity for Richmond residents to:
Servicios de interpretación en español están disponibles a petición al registrarse 48 horas antes de los talleres. If you require Spanish translation, please request it while registering 48 hours prior to the meeting.
The agenda for the workshop can be viewed here: Arts and Culture Community Workshop Agenda.
Workshop Dates and Registration:
To view the 3/30 and 3/31 community workshop recordings and the presentation, please visit: https://www.ci.richmond.ca.us/4090/Draft-Proposed-Updates-to-Arts-Culture-D.
The draft Arts and Culture ordinances, policies, and procedures are in the process of being updated to keep up to date with best practices developed since the documents were adopted. The current draft documents are linked below. These documents are PENDING LEGAL REVIEW.