The Art and Culture Commission (ACC) consists of seven members who demonstrate a commitment to various arts disciplines, including but not limited to fine arts, visual arts, performing arts, literary arts, art history, and arts education.
The ACC is charged with oversight of the Arts in Public Places Program, which requires certain development projects to contribute 1% of construction costs to public art, and is responsible for acquisition, funding, and placement of public art in the City on public property. The ACC also juries the City Hall Gallery Space, located on the second floor of City Hall at 10890 San Pablo Avenue.
In 2013, the Commission adopted a Mission Statement:
It is the mission of the Arts and Culture Commission to advise the City Council of the needs of the artistic and cultural community; encourage and promote arts programs and events that engage community members and local businesses to build a flourishing and vibrant arts and cultural environment; provide advice to artists and arts/cultural organizations by sponsoring forums, programs, and events; carry out the Arts in Public Places program, and upon request, advise the City with respect to possible sources of funding.
In 2013, the Commission adopted the City's first "Arts and Culture Master Plan". The Plan is intended to shape a vision for arts and culture in the City of El Cerrito and guides the Commission on decisions regarding public art.