Arts Commission

Meetings

  • 10 a.m.
  • Second Tuesday of every other 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.
View Art Commission Minutes and Recordings | View Archived Minutes

Members

  • Charlee Glock-Jackson, Chair
    Term: March 2019
  • Leonard Hill, Vice Chair
    Term: March 2020
  • vacant
    Term: March 2020
  • Elijah Bossenbroek
    Term: March 2020
  • Mary Manning
    Term: March 2020
  • Lynn Stevenson
    Term: March 2020
  • Chrissanda Walker
    Term: March 2019
  • Molly Towslee, Staff
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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.

Responsibilities

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.

Background

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.

First Call for Artists

That same year the Civic Center was nearing completion and Council approved an arts budget for the building. After working with the architects to identify appropriate locations, the Commission initiated its first “call for artists”. Three original pieces were chosen:

  • Brushed steel sculpture that embodies the city’s diverse background of historic industries and landscapes by Gary Jackson
  • Glass countertop etchings that run the length of the planning and engineering counters depicting early fishing vessel design plans by Doug Filbach
  • Bronze compass of salmon by Loraine Hoivick embedded in concrete welcoming visitors due “northwest” as they enter City Hall

Ordinance 876 passed Chapter 2.49 to establish the Arts Commission for cultural art projects and events that benefit city residents.

Additional Information

View the Gig Harbor Municipal Code (GHMC) Title 2.49 for more information on the Arts Commission.