4 local residents join Tacoma Arts Commission

Tacoma City Council approved a resolution Tuesday appointing four people to the Tacoma Arts Commission.

The commission consists of 15 Tacoma residents who volunteer to serve as arts advocates and provide leadership in supporting and enhancing the arts for the benefit of Tacoma and its residents. The commission’s primary responsibility is to create policies to support the ongoing development of arts programs and projects in Tacoma, such as the funding of artists and arts organizations to provide services for the Tacoma residents, Tacoma Arts Month, and oversight of public art as part of the City of Tacoma’s Municipal Art Program. Commission members are appointed by Tacoma City Council’s Economic Development Committee and confirmed by Tacoma City Council.

In September, the City of Tacoma issued a call for applicants to fill three At-Large positions, and one position representing Tacoma Public Education. The deadline for applications expired on Fri., Oct. 10. Tacoma City Council’s Economic Development Committee interviewed the candidates during a public meeting last month. The committee then forwarded its recommendations for appointments to the full city council for final confirmation.

On Tuesday, Tacoma City Council appointed Heather Conklin to the Tacoma Public Education Representative position to serve a three-year term to expire on Dec. 31, 2017, and Kareem Kandi, Wanda Thompson, and  Lynn Wilmot-Stenehjem to At-Large positions to serve three-year terms to expire on Dec. 31, 2017.

More information about the Tacoma Arts Commission is available online here.

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