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City Arts of San Mateo is a charitable, non-profit arts advisory and resource organization establishedby resolution of the San Mateo City Council in 1996. City Arts of San Mateo is dedicated to providingthe opportunity for you to enjoy and participate in the arts in San Mateo. We seek to promote andcelebrate performing, visual and literary art in San Mateo.

Founded in 1996 by resolution of the San Mateo City Council, City Arts of San Mateo was charged with the mission of promoting and stimulating interest in the arts and enhancing opportunities for the residentsof San Mateo to enjoy and participate in them.

City Arts of San Mateo has a history of  promoting and expanding the arts in the community, usually incooperation with civic, educational and business organizations or City Departments. 

City Arts of San Mateo obtained non-profit organizational status in 2000 (ID # 91-2030048). The Board meets monthly with an annual meeting in November. Annual reports are filed with the Parks and Recreation Department, which dispenses an annual stipend to the organization. A member of the City Council serves as liaison with the City.                                                                

Jazz Mural - Downtown San Mateo

City Arts of San Mateo - 2018 Board of Directors

President - William Rundberg
Vice President - Kim Chappell
Secretary - Michele Kaster Epstein
Treasurer - Dianne Whitaker
Board Member - Bonny Zanardi
Board Member - Mariel Krupp
Board Member - Susie Batter

Emeritus - Robert Wilkinson

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City Arts of San Mateo - 2018 Supporting Roles

                Art Gallery Curator - Dianne Whitaker
                Graphic Artist - Kim Chappell, Joseph Fajnor
                High School Arts Recognition Program - Susie Batter
                Newsletter - Susie Batter, Kim Chappell
                Poetry Readings Coordinator - Bonny Zanardi
                Webmaster - Lois Shaffer

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City Arts of San Mateo - 2018 Board Biographies

William Rundberg is a retired faculty member (Mathematics and Computer Science) from College of San Mateo. He, his wife Sherrean and three daughters have lived in San Mateo since 1967.  Family involvement, including the next generation, with the schools and CSM continues, as does strong interest in arts in San Mateo and in performing arts on the Peninsula.

Kim Chappell has a background in graphic design, instructional design, and teaching; she received her B.F.A. in Graphic Design from the University of the Pacific in 2002. She is also a seasoned tall ship sailor on environmental education tall ships. Kim is passionate about keeping art and music education present in schools of all ages. She enjoys world traveling, printmaking, photography, and baking in her spare time.

Michele Kaster Epstein is a public relations and marketing professional and has resided in San Mateo for 29 years. She currently works  for Peninsula Family Service as a Senior Peer Counseling Coordinator. She also worked for the American Cancer Society of San Mateo County and Zum Services. As a volunteer she has coordinated events for the Peninsula Multifaith Coalition, co-chairs interfaith activities for Peninsula Temple Beth El in San Mateo, and devoted countless hours to the San Mateo -Foster City School District as PTA committee chair for cultural assemblies at Baywood Elementary School and Borel Middle School. In 2008 she spearheaded fund raising and public relations efforts to successfully save the instrumental music program for 5th graders in the school system. She has a B.A. in Journalism from the University of Wisconsin, Madison.

Dianne Whitaker is a California licensed architect with more than 35 years of experience in the San Francisco Bay Area. She received a B.A. degree in Architecture from the the University of California at Berkeley. A past president of the San Mateo County Chapter of the American Institute of Architects, her firm, Dianne Whitaker Architect, is located in San Mateo, Dianne is a founding member, past president and current Treasurer of City Arts of San Mateo, a past president, and a founding member.

Bonny Zanardi was the visual arts columnist for the San Mateo County Times for 20 years. She holds an M.A. in English Literature and a B.S. in Biology. Retired from a career at public broadcast stations KCSM-TV and FM, she is a founding board member of City Arts of San Mateo, founding member and past president of ARTshare (Peninsula Arts Council), past president of Hillbarn Theatre and a past board member of Masterworks Chorale. She is also past president of the San Mateo County unit of the American Cancer Society. She currently serves on the San Mateo County Poet Laureate Committee and is a board member of the Peninsula Museum of Art. In 2003 she received the Bravo Award recognizing her long service in the arts on the Peninsula. In 1996 she was presented the Art Star award as outstanding arts volunteer in San Mateo County.

Mariel Krupp was co-owner of The Book Store in downtown San Mateo for 33 years and a participant in the Downtown Merchants Association. She also was a member of the American Booksellers organization. She and her husband raised five children in San Mateo, where they have lived since 1953. In addition to The Book Store, Mariel worked at several schools in the San Mateo Union High School District.

Susie Batter is a firm believer that the Arts enhances everyone’s lives and is an important part of the community. She has worked for the San Mateo-Foster City School District for over 18 years. She has been involved in theater as a costume designer, house manager and patron. Now that her 4 children are “grown-up” she continues her community involvement by supporting the City Arts of San Mateo.

Robert Wilkinson, a founding board member and former President of City Arts, is a sculptor. He is a member of the 1870 Art Center and the Peninsula Sculptors' Guild.  He participated as a member of the Arts Advisory Committee for selection of permanent art for the new main library. He is a retired social worker.

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City Arts of San Mateo Accomplishments

  • The first project of the organization was to research and publish a directory of all the public art in San Mateo the full extent of which few people, if any, were aware. The survey and research lead to the publishing in 1997 of ART IN PUBLIC PLACES, A GUIDE AND LOCATION MAP, revised several years later, which lists 50 public sites where sculptures and murals may be found. Approximately 8,000 copies of the brochure have been distributed to the community since then.
  • Two Sculpture On Loan programs, co-sponsored with the Parks and Recreation Department have brought to the City sculptures for the enjoyment of the community for a period of about 18 months, resulting in the permanent acquisition of several of them. One, DANCERS, which graces the lawn in front of the Beresford Recreation Center was acquired for the City from the artist for $5000 through funds raised by City Arts over a ten month period from contributions of hundreds of residents. At a public ceremony in 2006 City Arts dedicated it to the memory of  the former Director of Parks and Recreation, Willard Shumard.
  • A proposal for a Per Cent For Arts funding program for acquisition of public art was brought by City Arts to the City Council which reviewed and studied it over a period of several years, finally adopting it in 2005. Subsequently, in 2008 the Civic Arts Committee was established with members, including a City Arts Board representative appointed by the City Council to implement the program.
  • The Summer Concert Series was conducted by City Arts for several years in various locations in the city, including Central Park. In 2002 at the request of the City’s Economic Development Manager City Arts partnered with the City and the Downtown Merchants Association to hold a series of concerts in Central Park on Thursday evenings during the summer; the partnership continued through 2008. City Arts helped raise funds from sponsors, selected performers, provided an announcer, and staffed an information/raffle table. The last City estimate of summer attendance was 8500. Downtown merchants reportedly have benefited
    economically from the series.
  • The tenth annual HIGH SCHOOL ARTS RECOGNITION program was held in the spring of 2010 with the participation of all three public high schools whose students submitted a total of 285 entries, in both visual and literary arts categories. Recognition with financial awards took place at the Main Library for the students, their parents and teachers with officiating by the Mayor, John Lee and Librarian, Ben Ocon. The library displayed the art during the month of April.
  • For several years City Arts participated in the Victorian Days in the Park sponsored by the San Mateo County Historical Museum; during those events City Arts supervised the painting of murals by children and adults attending the weekend event.
  • Dedication ceremonies were proposed and conducted by City Arts, in conjunction with the Library in the fall of 2006 for the two main permanent art works incorporated in the construction of the new library with the artists discussing their art. Two members of City Arts served on the library director’s art selection advisory committee during construction.
  • Two Board members were included in the review committee for the selection of new sculptures at Seal Point Park, presently being installed.
  • City Arts has participated with the Downtown Business Association in several instances including the annual Wine and Art event and the first Downtown Art Walk in April 2009 when Board members led an interpretative walk to the major works of public art in the downtown area. City Arts also helped staff an information table during the annual Shakespeare in the Park performances.
  • On two occasions City Arts sponsored, with the permission of the Bohannon organization a free interpretive lecture and walk among the Bufano sculptures at the Hillsdale Mall led by a local authority on the artist.
  • Members of the City Arts Board curated the art display for the City Hall Gallery over a period of several years until 2008.
  • City Arts has been concerned not only about the acquisition of, but also the retention of public art, entering into discussions with art owners about the permanence of their existing art, such as the College of San Mateo regarding the Lorenzato sculptures. Funds have been raised and provided for the current rebuilding and restoration of the bench sculpture, HEAR ME at Central Park.
  • National Poetry Month was celebrated by City Arts in April 2009 with a poetry reading at a downtown coffee shop with recitations by Kevin Hearle, PhD and readings by several community poets from the coffee shop audience; continuation of poetry reading evenings is under consideration.
  • City Arts was given the 2003 Peninsula Arts Council Diamond Award for the Outstanding Arts Organization. Other awards include the Crystal Eagle Achievement Award from the California Downtown Association and the Award of Merit from the California Association for Local Economic Development

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Ongoing Achievements

  • 17th Anniversary of High School Arts Recognition Program
  • Curator of City Arts Gallery at Peninsula Ballet Theater
  • Celebration of National Poetry Month

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San Mateo County Historical Society
San Mateo Chamber of Commerce
San Mateo Parks and Recreation
Civic Arts Committee
Downtown San Mateo Association
San Mateo Library
Peninsula Arts Council
CA Downtown Association
CA Association for Local Economic Development

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