Visual Arts Committee

The City of Mountain View Visual Arts Committee was established to enrich the spirit of the City through public art and related community programs and is dedicated to enlightening the imagination of the citizens. The Committee consists of seven members.  

The general functions of the Visual Arts Committee include:

  • Advising the City Council on the selection of art and artists for City-funded public art acquisitions
  • Recommending the use and programs supported by the City's one percent and annual Capital Improvement Program allocation for art
  • Advocating and developing programs for community involvement, information and education in public art
  • Sponsoring art exhibits and shows; developing programs to expand art activities, events and exhibits in the City
  • Working with other local and regional arts organizations to facilitate public art in the region
  • Public Art Map
  •  The Visual Arts Committee has an active "Call for Artists" for the Wyandote Park Public Art Project.  To apply use CaFE (call for artists) website. APPLICATION DEADLINE: March 24, 2019, by 11:00 PM (PST)
  • The Visual Arts Committee is now accepting applications for the Sidewalk Studio Pilot Program to apply please use CaFE (call for artists) website. All design proposals must be submitted through CaFE on the provided design template. A schematic of potential utility box locations can be found here. APPLICATION DEADLINE: February 28, 2018, by 11:00 PM (PST)
  • The Visual Arts Committee and staff have launched the Sidewalk Studio Pilot Program.  Sidewalk Studio consists of artists painting utility boxes (see below).  During the initial pilot, six downtown utility boxes will be painted.  
  • The Visual Arts Committee is excited to celebrate the Sidewalk Studio Pilot Program.  We invite Council and the community to join us at an unveiling of a utility box located at Mercy and Castro Streets on Friday, May 4th at 5:30 p.m.  The Mayor will be present and say a few words at the unveiling.



The Visual Arts Committee meets on the 2nd Wednesday of every month at 6:00 p.m. in the:

Atrium Conference Room
City Hall, 1st Floor
500 Castro St.
Mountain View, CA 94041

View recent meeting agendas and minutes.
View archived meeting agendas and minutes.

Members and Roster
The Committee consists of:   

  •  Kristin Bahir
  • Madhavi (Anita) Chodankar
  • Jesse Cupp
  • Melanie Demers
  • Nili Helman-Caspi
  • Donald Whitebread
  • Janis Zinn

 View the Advisory Body Roster for additional information.

Visual Arts Committee Workplan
Current Visual Arts Committee projects are noted in this workplan.

Additional Information
The Community Development Department supports the Visual Arts Committee. For additional information or to request Agendas via email, please contact the Community Development Department at  (650) 903-6306 or email

Additional Resources