Community input sought on Redwood City arts center project

Community asked to help envision arts center in Redwood City

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Community members are being asked to help shape the vision for a new arts center in Redwood City, called the Redwood City Center for Creativity, by taking a survey.

Surveys for both kids and adults can be accessed here and must be submitted by Nov. 12.

City Council has expressed support for the development of a permanent arts center in the city, and the current goal is to raise private funding for a feasibility study for such a project, according to an October presentation on the project by the Redwood City Parks & Arts Foundation, Art Bias and the Redwood City Arts Commission in collaboration with ARTS RWC, a monthly roundtable of artists, arts advocates, arts organizations and city officials.

The Center for Creativity is envisioned as a private/public partnership and a “reconfigurable, flexible, and multi-use space” offering exhibitions, performances, lectures, workshops, instruction, mentoring, studio and performance spaces, a cafe and arts-oriented retail and outdoor spaces, according to the project presentation. Analogous art centers elsewhere in the Bay Area are typically 30,000-40,000 square feet, an analysis of regional art centers shows here.

An arts center in Redwood City would serve the Peninsula and would aim to help supplement losses in arts education at local public schools and within the community, where the high cost of living has made it increasingly difficult to operate art-related businesses and organizations, from galleries to community theater groups, officials said.