Art Center Request for Qualification and Proposals

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On January 16, 2018, the City Council held a Study Sessionregarding the Emeryville Center for the Arts and Culture.At that time, the public was invited to comment on a proposal for Council to consider and approve the release of a Request for Qualifications / Proposals (RFQ/P) to gauge potential private interest and associated financial assistance to construct and operate the facility.

Overall RFQ/P Objectives:

  • Minimize City subsidy while ensuring fiscal sustainability of operations
  • Maximize civic and community arts-based uses of the facility
  • Expedite completion of the project
  • Utilize robust community engagement in developing programming for the facility

Utilize robust community engagement in developing programming for the facility

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The following documents were prepared over the last several years for previous iterations of the Art Center Project and are provided for context and background purposes only. Due to space limitations, the electronic document library is not exhaustive; if additional materials are desired for review, access to hard copy materials may be made available.




DTSC Certifacation

EnvirStor Summary

Research Materials:

Benchmark Study

Focus Group Report

Articles re. Community Art Facilities

Task Force-Visioning Workshop

Design/Plan Background

Art Center and Cultural District Needs

Building Plans and Existing Conditions

Design Review / Use Permit Staff Report


Capital Improvement Project Budget

Organizational Structure

Prior Operating Documents

Business Plan

Fundraising Feasibility Study

Strategic Plan

RFQP Phase I Qualification Round - Short List

This list indicates the initial partnerships that have been deemed the most qualified to move forward to Phase II of the Art Center RFQP process. As articulated in the RFQP, the short list of teams was chosen based on Overall Objectives & Key Elements and through the application of Selection Criteria in the RFQP Click here to review the list of teams who have been qualified to move forward to Phase II of the RFQP process.

Art Center - Listening Session Invitation 

Developers, Construction companies, Art Administrators, and Non Profits were recently invited to submit their qualifications for the rt Center Request for Qualifications and Proposals to establish a public/ private partnership. The partnership is intended to both expedite the project and to address long term Art Center operations costs. The City is inviting three of the teams that passed the Qualification rounds to meet with the public on May 22nd in the evening to listen to the public's expectations and desires for the Art Center project moving forward.

Art Center Listening Session