The Arts Commission meets at 10 a.m. on the second Wednesday of every month.
Minutes & Recordings
The City of Gig Harbor maintains minutes of the official proceedings in which city business is conducted. The recordings and action minutes are posted and available to the public as soon as possible.
- Charlee Glock-Jackson, Chair
- Dr. Daniel Bozich
- Colette Smith
- Jennifer Beard
Volunteer members of the Arts Commission are chosen from the community at large; preference may be shown for city residency. Members serve three-year terms.
The Arts Commission is authorized to encourage, conduct, sponsor or co-sponsor public programs to further the development and public awareness of fine arts and performing arts in our community.
The Arts Commission was formed largely due to a growing interest in public art for Gig Harbor. Prior to 2001, there were no city-sponsored cultural art grants or monies for public art. In 1999, the Fishermen’s Memorial proposal was making its way through a committee of local volunteers committed to creating a bronze tribute to Gig Harbor’s maritime history in partnership with the Cultural Arts Commission (which later disbanded). The group reviewed design proposals from nationally acclaimed sculptors and eventually approved the large bronze design by Russian artist, Alexandre Safonov, of a fishermen pulling his net from the sea that is represented in Jerisich Park today. The same group eventually became the City’s first membership of the Gig Harbor Arts Commission (GHAC) in 2001.
Public Art Inventory
The Public Art Inventory (PDF) represents a record of all art gifted to, acquired or commissioned by the City of Gig Harbor. It was published in 2010.
View the Gig Harbor Municipal Code (GHMC) Title 2.49 for more information on the Arts Commission.
Harbor Arbor Art
The Gig Harbor Arts Commission is sponsoring the artistic carving and/or embellishment of select tree snags throughout the city. A “snag” is the term for a dead tree or a tree that has been cut down to a safe height and left to decay naturally. Most of the trees selected for this project will have been affected by laminated root rot, making the condition of the tree and the longevity of the art unknown.
Funding for the Harbor Arbor Art was approved by the City Council as part of the 2022 City budget.
The City is now accepting applications for the 2022 Harbor Arbor Art project!
Grandview Forest Park tree snag art by George Kenny (photo courtesy of Leonard Hill)