Vacant Robin Rodricks Laura McHugh



Sam Stewart

Samuel Scott

District 1

Robin Rodricks

District 2

Laura D. McHugh

District 3

Mary Hofstedt

District 4

Sam Stewart

District 5


The San Mateo County Arts Commission is pleased to announce its 2017 arts grant awardees.  Eighteen (18) county arts organizations will receive $86,500 to make diverse cultural arts programs broadly accessible to residents of San Mateo County. Organizations serve children and adults with dance, drama, media arts, instrumental and vocal music, theatre and visual arts. 

The Local Arts Grants program distributes funding in two categories: 

  • Project/Program Support which may be used to present free or low cost performances, screenings, exhibitions, educational services, festivals, literary readings, workshops and seminars or other services.
  • Organizational Support which provides unrestricted funding to help support and maintain an organization as it pursues its mission.


Each One Reach One Mural Music & Arts Project
South San Francisco - $4,000 East Palo Alto - $3,750  
Edgewood Center for Children and Families Peninsula Young Writers
San Carlos - $2,500 San Carlos - $5,250
Fuse Theatre Quinteto Latino
Redwood City - $3,750 Menlo Park - $3,000
Harmony Project Bay Area Sanchez Art Center
Daly City - $5,250 Pacifica - $3,750
Menlowe Ballet Zawaya
Menlo Park - $4,500 San Mateo - $3,750
Mid-Peninsula Boys & Girls Club ZiRu Dance
San Mateo - $2,500 Redwood City - $3,500


Arts Unity Movement Djerassi Resident Artists Program
San Mateo - $5,000 Woodside - $8,000
Masterworks Chorale Society Music at Kohl Mansion
San Mateo - $6,000 Burlingame - $8,000
San Carlos Children's Theater Kids & Art
San Carlos - $7,000 Woodside - $7,000


The San Mateo Arts Commission works to ensure that the arts are valued for their contributions to the County’s quality of life, to children’s education and for their reflection of the diversity of the County’s residents and visitors. The Arts Commission works to further public appreciation and support of all cultural, classical, traditional and emergent art forms.

The Arts Commission consists of five members, appointed by the Board of Supervisors, each residing in one of the supervisorial districts. It exists to promote and encourage the arts, to serve in an advisory capacity to the Board of Supervisors, to prepare and update the county's strategic and cultural plan, and act as a liaison with arts organizations to ensure collaboration and coordination related to culture and art activities in San Mateo County.

What We Fund

The Arts Commission supports arts events, programs, outreach, engagement or services that create social vitality in neighborhoods, K-12 schools and with underserved constituencies. The Arts Commission provides funds to assist arts organizations in building a strong presence in the community, growing audiences and expanding services and programs to the community and to children in grades K-12 and to educate and expose county residents to a wide range of artistic and cultural expression.