The Tempe Arts and Culture Commission advises the City Council, through the Community Services Department, in the development of an arts and culture plan, and promotes such plans; supports the City’s General Plan goals relating to arts and culture and encourages diverse citizen participation in arts and culture programs and initiatives; and, advises City staff on arts and culture programs, projects, policies, and initiatives. The Commission also advises the City Council, through the Community Services Department, in articulating the vision for, and explores the critical issues relating to, arts and cultural development based on projected arts and culture funding.
The Tempe Arts and Culture Commission is composed of nine (9) members who live, work, or attend school, in Tempe. No less than 51% of the Commission are Tempe residents. Members serve three-year terms, with the exception of the Student member, who serves a one-year term. The Tempe Arts and Culture Commission members shall be from the following categories, however, no more than three (3) members can fill the same category:
- Practicing artists from various disciplines.
- K-12 arts and culture teacher or K-12 affiliate or teaching artist.
- Affiliate from the Arizona State University Herberger Institute for Design and Arts.
- Urban planner or designer or architect or historian.
- Student from a post-secondary school (one-year term).
- Representative from a business or organization that supports arts and culture.
- Tempe resident with an interest in arts and culture.
The Tempe Arts and Culture Commission typically meets on the second Wednesday of each month at 6:00 p.m., in the Tempe Center for the Arts, 700 West Rio Salado Parkway, Tempe, or the Tempe Public Library, 3500 South Rural Road, Tempe. To verify the meeting location, please view the meeting agenda. A two-month recess is typically taken between June-August. (City Code, Chapter 2, Article V, Division 3)
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