Arts Commission

Creative Endeavor Grants Program

The Gig Harbor Arts Commission has launched a Creative Endeavor grants program to support the work of local arts and culture organizations. The goal is to increase arts and cultural opportunities available to the people of Gig Harbor. All Gig Harbor-area arts and cultural organizations are encouraged to apply.


The Arts Commission will hold a pre-application workshop on May 30th at 5:30 p.m. at the Gig Harbor Civic Center to answer questions.


The deadline for applications is June 30, 2019 and all projects must be complete in time for grant recipients to submit their project recap reports by December 16th


Funding for the Creative Endeavor grants was approved by the City Council as part of the 2019 City budget. Download the application, guidelines, and completion report from the links below:


         Creative Endeavor Grants Application and Guidelines           Project Completion Report


Meetings

  • 10 a.m.
  • 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.
View Art Commission Minutes and Recordings | View Archived Minutes

Members

  1. Wed Jun. 12

  2. Wed Jul. 10

  3. Wed Aug. 14

View All
  • Charlee Glock-Jackson, Chair
    Term: March 2022
  • Leonard Hill, Vice Chair
    Term: March 2020
  • Linda Sutherland
    Term: March 2022
  • Elijah Bossenbroek
    Term: March 2020
  • Mary Manning
    Term: March 2020
  • Lynn Stevenson
    Term: March 2020
  • Robin Avni
    Term: March 2019
  • Molly Towslee, Staff
    Email Molly Towslee

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.

Ancich Waterfront Park Art Project - Progress Photos

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.