The Arts Commission meets on the first Tuesday of each month at City Hall, at 4:30 p.m. in room 1E-109. There are occasional changes to this schedule. Meeting dates, times and topics are available on the agendas. Sign up for Alerts to receive emails or texts about upcoming meetings. The meetings are open to the public, and you are welcome to attend.
Currently Working on:
- Cultural Compass Update
- Newport Hills/Lake Heights Neighborhood Public Art Project
- East Link Public Art
- 2016 Funding Programs' Guidelines
- Planning for Bellwether 2016
The Arts Commission acts in an advisory capacity to the City Council. It may hold public meetings and make such studies, analyses and reports as requested by the City Council and may perform the following functions:
- Inform the City Council in matters of arts
- Serve as a clearinghouse for concerns and ideas about arts
- Enlarge the art consciousness of Bellevue
- Encourage multi-age working, sharing, learning and teaching in the arts
- Encourage and recognize local artists
- Explore financing for acquisitions related to the arts
- Establish a long-range plan for the development and operation of a cultural center
- Make recommendations as requested by the City Council
- Review the suitability of art works intended as gifts to the city.
The Commission's work program is based on implementing the Cultural Compass, the city's plan for developing arts and culture in our community. Major ongoing programs include the Public Art Program for commissioning public art for the community, and Eastside Arts Partnerships and Special Projects funding providing direct support to artists and arts organizations serving Bellevue.
Members: The Arts Commission is comprised of seven Bellevue residents appointed by the mayor with the concurrence of the City Council. The terms are four years and expire on May 31 of the last year of the term. No one can serve more than two consecutive full terms. If a commissioner is appointed to fill a partial term of less than two years, that commissioner is eligible to serve for an additional two full terms.
- Paul Manfredi, Chair (first term ends 2017)
- Philip Malkin, Vice Chair (first term ends 2017)
- Trudi Jackson (second term ends 2019)
- Rebecca Lewis (first term ends 2018)
- Vikram Madan (first term ends 2018)
- Carl Wolfteich (first term ends 2018)
- Currently interviewing candidates for 7th Commissioner
Meetings: First Tuesday, 4:30 - 6:30 p.m., City Hall, 1E-109