The Irvine City Council has voted to create an arts commission to oversee public grants to arts groups and coordinate city cultural groups, a proponent of the panel said.
The City Council voted Tuesday night, 3 to 2, to appropriate money for the commission in the 1989-90 budget, including about $80,000 to hire a cultural arts manager within the city's community services department.
"This represents a stepping up of the commitment of the city to its arts," said Donald Rickner, an Irvine Valley College administrator and chairman of a council-appointed committee that recommended the move.
"The expectation is that it will stimulate more cultural-arts activities to cover the broad range of potential participants--the young, the old, different races, those who have just arrived . . . all the arts for all the people."