Community Arts and Culture Commission


Meetings are held not less than quarterly at the call of the Chairman.

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Agendas are prepared before each meeting. Minutes are available following approval.
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The Community Art & Culture Commission consists of 2 members from each ward and up to 2 at-large members. All members have equal voting rights. All terms are 2-year, renewable terms.

  • Alderman Barbara Ann Hughes (Chairman)
  • Mary Beth Wilson (Regular member), Ward 1
  • William Schawacker (Regular member), Ward 2
  • Debbie Rushing (Regular member), Ward 2
  • Michelle Francisco (Regular member), Ward 3
  • David Murphy (Regular member), Ward 4


Responsibilities and duties of the Community Art & Culture Commission shall include, but are not limited to, the following:

1. Develop a Public Art Master Plan for the City, and make recommendations regarding said plan to the Board of Aldermen. 

2. Review the artistic merit and value of all works of visual art and make recommendations to the Board of Aldermen for their acquisition, removal, and/or relocation by the City, along with proposed locations(s) for placement. 

3. Confer with persons who have offered to donate or loan fine art to the City which may be placed on public sites or in public buildings in an endeavor to increase the aesthetic appeal and beauty of such public sites and buildings and the City in general;

4. Investigate and process the means by which art can be obtained, including the identification of grants or other programs which may be available for the purpose of acquiring art, whether through governmental agencies, not-for-profit organizations, or other collaborative efforts through such grants and/or acquisitions may be obtained, and make recommendations regarding those opportunities to the Mayor and Board of Aldermen;

5. Act as an advisory committee to other City boards, departments or commissions in all matters and deliberations pertaining to visual art and aesthetics, if requested by such body or department, or directed by the Board of Aldermen;

6. Encourage the display of visual art for public enjoyment; to include the planning and promotion of events for the public to encourage access to the arts for all residents. 

7. Make recommendations concerning ongoing curatorship and maintenance of City-owned visual art; 

8. Promote close cooperation between the city and its corporate citizens, institutions, and agencies that are interested in conducting art-related activities in the City. 

9. Identify key entry points into the City and areas of high interest for exterior art display and make recommendations to the Board of Aldermen regarding appropriate pieces to be exhibited. 

10. Assess opportunities for the provision of musical events throughout the City, including but not limited to the annual Art, Wine & Music event.  

11. Foster civic pride in the community by promoting an awareness of the City's history to its residents. 

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