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.

The deadline for applications is Tuesday, October 8, 2019 and all projects must be complete in time for the artist to submit their invoices by December 16th

Funding for the Harbor Arbor Art was approved by the City Council as part of the 2019 City budget. Download the application, guidelines, and completion report from the link below:

         Harbor Arbor Art Application

Creative Endeavor Grant Program

The Arts Commission forwarded seven grant applications to the City Council for approval: 

$3000      Peninsula Hands on Art – PHOA 2019-20 School Year Programming

$  830      Gayle Beard Design – Underground Railroad Quilt Painting Presentation

$1000      Kate Everling 10th Grade – classical Concert for K-12 Students in IEP

$1500      Gig Harbor Film Festival – Marketing, planning and implementation for 2019 Festival

$5500      NW Choir Resources / Spectrum Choral Academy – Gig Harbor SINGS! Festival

$2000      Bike – Gig Harbor! – Rattle Dem Bones Bike Ride and Costume Contest

$1445      Harbor Wildwatch - Chum Festival

The events are to be completed by early December and information will be posted here as it is received.

For photos and a video of the September 22nd Spectrum Chorus event:   Video

For a video of a recent art project with Kit Kuhn:  Peninsula Hands On Art


  • 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.
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  • 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
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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.


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.

Ancich Waterfront Park Art Project Photos

Additional Information

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