12 candidates apply to serve on Tacoma Arts Commission

Twelve local residents will be interviewed next week for consideration to serve on the Tacoma Arts Commission.

Twelve local residents will be interviewed next week for consideration to serve on the Tacoma Arts Commission.

The 15-member commission consists of Tacoma artists, residents, and arts advocates who serve three-year terms and aim to develop, support, coordinate, sponsor, and present the arts on a year-round basis; create policies to support the ongoing development of arts programs and projects in Tacoma; and administer programs that fund artists and arts organizations.

The City of Tacoma is looking to appoint six people to the commission: one person to serve an unexpired term; two people to serve three-year “At Large” positions; two people to serve three-year “Professional” positions; and one person to serve an unexpired “Work Professional Artist” position.

The applicants scheduled to be interviewed next week by Tacoma City Council’s Economic Development Committee include Cynthia Carter (At Large — Council District 1); Joel Chang (At Large — Council District 4); J. Shawn Cole (At Large — Council District 3); Sarah F. Idstrom (At Large — Council District 1); Dane Meyer (At Large, Professional — Council District 3); Kathryn Pascal (At Large, Professional — Council District 1); Hillary Ryan (At Large, Professional — Council District 1); Katrina Toft (At Large, Professional — Council District 2); Liza A. Brown (At Large, Working Professional Artist, Professional — Council District 2); Scott A. Campbell (At Large, Working Professional Artist, Professional — Council District 3); Candi Hall (At Large, Working Professional Artist, Professional — Council District 3); and Ronald J. Lagman (At Large, Working Professional Artist, Professional — Council District 3).

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According to the City’s Web site, Tacoma Arts Commission members currently include Traci Kelly (Chair); J.D. Elquist (Vice Chair); Jan F. Brazzell; Rachel Cardwell; Matt Hudgins; Don Lacky; Dane Meyer; Scott Ramsey; Catherine Stegeman; Mike Sweney; Wanda Thompson; and Jana Wennstrom.

The interviews will be held during a public meeting on Tues., June 10, at 10 a.m., at the Tacoma Municipal Building, 747 Market St., Conference Room 248, in downtown Tacoma. Copies of the agenda and meeting materials are available online here.

Following the interviews, Tacoma City Council’s Economic Development Committee is expected to forward its appointment recommendations to Tacoma City Council, which is tentatively scheduled to vote on the appointments on Tues., July 1.

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