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<br /> <br />4E <br /> <br />'- <br /> <br />./ <br /> <br />pLEASANTONc <br /> <br />City Council <br />Staff Report <br /> <br />March 7, 2006 <br />Parks and Community Services <br /> <br />SUBJECT: <br /> <br />ACCEPTANCE OF THE ARTWORK "WHOOPING STICK" FOR <br />THE CITY'S PERMANENT ART COLLECTION <br /> <br />STAI~F RECOMMENDATION: <br /> <br />That the City Council accept Artist Billy Eads' artwork "Whooping Stick," <br />and authorize staff to place it in the City's permanent collection, <br /> <br />SUMMARY: <br /> <br />The Civic Arts Commission selected "Whooping Stick" by artist Billy Eads <br />as the winner of this year's Award for Artistic Excellence. The artwork is <br />thus eligible for purchase for the City's permanent art collection, The artist <br />has indicated that he would like to gift the piece to the City. It has been on <br />display at City Hall since October, 2005, and has received favorable <br />comments from the public. The Civic Arts Commission is recommending <br />that the City Council accept the proposed gift and direct staff to place it in <br />the City's permanent collection. <br /> <br />Honorable Mayor and Members of the City Council: <br /> <br />BACKGROUND <br /> <br />On March 5, 2002, the City Council approved the establishment of a City Fine Arts <br />Lease/Purchase Program. The program is designed to enable the City to acquire high quality, <br />locally produced fine art, which can be displayed at City Hall. Art eligible for lease/purchase is <br />currently limited to the winner of the Civic Arts Commission Award for Artistic Excellence, <br />presented annually in conjunction with the Alameda County Fair Art Show. The award-winning <br />art pkce is leased for a period of three (3) months, and displayed at City Hall, Public comment <br />regarding the piece is encouraged, with the Civic Arts Commission making a final <br />recommendation to the City Council regarding the potential purchase of the work, <br /> <br />SR 06:069 <br />Page I <br />