Excerpted from Newport Beach Independent
By Sara Hall
The City Arts Commission discussed how to best utilize half a million dollars in grant funds earmarked for the city’s rotating sculpture exhibition at Civic Center Park and arts education programs.
Earlier this year, Assemblywoman Cottie Petrie-Norris allocated $500,000 in the 2019-20 state budget for city of Newport Beach Arts Commission.
There was a great deal of discussion on the item during the Sept. 12 meeting, Library Services Director Tim Hetherton said in an email Tuesday.
Arts commissioners rejected the staff proposal to use the funds for Phases V and VI and instead unanimously approved a proposal to retain their budgeted funds for Phase V and to use the grant funds for Phases VI and VII.
They also agreed to recommend using a portion of the funds for infrastructural upgrades in the park, specifically improvements to the footpath, Hetherton reported.