Board of Directors
City Arts of San Mateo Accomplishments
City Arts of San Mateo is a charitable, non-profit arts advisory and resource organization established by resolution of the San Mateo City Council in 1996. City Arts of San Mateo is dedicated to providing the opportunity for you to enjoy and participate in the arts in San Mateo. We seek to promote and celebrate 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 residents of 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 in cooperation 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 - 2013 Board of Directors
President - Michele Kaster Epstein
Vice President - Timothy D. Martin
Treasurer - Dianne Whitaker
Secretary - Bonny Zanardi
Board Member - Robert Wilkinson
Board Member - Mariel Krupp
Board Member - Belinda Chlouber
Board Member - William Rundberg
Board Member - Susie Batter
Ellsworth Post Office, San Mateo
City Arts of San Mateo - 2011 Board Biographies
Michele Kaster Epstein, President of City Arts, a public relations and marketing professional has worked and resided in San Mateo for the past 20 years. She was a marketing manager for the American Cancer Society in San Mateo County and the Northern California Cancer Center in Union City. In the San Mateo Foster City School District, she was cultural assemblies coordinator for Baywood School, PTA music department chair at Borel Middle School, and in 2008 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.
Timothy D. Martin is an attorney practicing in San Mateo. He and his wife Margaret, also an attorney, have lived in San Mateo for over 25 years. A frequent community volunteer, Tim has served as president of the Mental Health Association of San Mateo, and as president of the San Mateo County Bar Association. Tim enjoys playing classical music, and occasionally performs at the San Francisco Conservatory of Music.
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.
Dianne R. Whitaker, AIA, is a California licensed architect with more than 30 years of experience in the San Francisco Bay Area. She graduated with Honors from the College of Environmental Design, the University of California at Berkeley. Her firm, Dianne Whitaker Architect, is located in Downtown San Mateo. She is a past president of the American Institute of Architects, San Mateo County Chapter, and a member since the founding of the Chapter. She is the current Treasurer of City Arts of San Mateo, a past president, and a founding member.
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.
Bonny Zanardi is the visual arts columnist for the San Mateo County Times. She holds an M.A. in English Literature from College of Notre Dame (Notre Dame de Namur University) and a B.S. in Biology from California State University, Hayward. Retired from a career at public broadcast stations KCSM-TV and FM, she is a founding board member, past president and current Secretary of City Arts of San Mateo, founding member and past president of ARTshare (Peninsula Arts Council) and past president of Hillbarn Theatre. She also has served on the board of Masterworks Chorale. 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.
Belinda Chlouber received her BFA from Kansas City Art Institute in Missouri and later continued her studies at Parsons School of Design in New York. She has lived and worked as an artist in San Mateo for 19 years. Belinda has shown her art work both locally and nationally and won numerous awards. She and her husband, Darin Donovan, have two daughters and hope to continue to promote the arts both in the schools and in San Mateo.
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.
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 15 years and is in her 14th year as the librarian of Fiesta Gardens International School. She has been involved in theater as a costume designer for Hillsdale High School, other productions and now “assists” her daughter who has a degree in “Theater Arts, Costume Design” with productions. Now that her 4 children are “grown-up” she would like to continue her community involvement by supporting the City Arts of San Mateo.
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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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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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