Cultural Affairs Commission


  • 4th Thursday of alternating months (January, March, May, July, etc.)
  • Meeting time: 5:30 PM
  • Ventura City Hall, Santa Cruz Conference Room                                                         
    501 Poli Street
    Ventura, CA 93001                                     

Agendas & Minutes

Agendas are available prior to the meetings. Minutes are available following approval.

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  • Deborah Walsh, Chair
  • Banks Staples-Pecht, Vice Chair
  • Alec Gasca
  • Kenneth May
  • Marie Lakin
  • Brian McDonald
  • Raul Zapata



There are always 7 members serving 4 year terms.


Provide planning, financial support, services for, and promoting development of arts organizations, artists, and cultural activity and tourism in the City. Advise on matters pertaining to the arts, culture, and cultural tourism.

Created in 1994, the Cultural Affairs Commission is a volunteer body of 7 members that advises the Council on cultural matters and oversees the Office of Cultural Affairs (OCA.) Commissioners are appointed directly by City Council.