Arts Commission

Creative Endeavor Grants Program

The Gig Harbor Arts Commission announces the 2020 Creative Endeavor grant program.

Funding will help local individuals and arts and culture organizations to bring more artistic experiences to Gig Harbor. Learn more at a pre-application workshop on January 29.


The Gig Harbor Arts Commission announces the 2020 Creative Endeavor grants program to support the work of local individuals and organizations involved in arts and culture. The goal is to increase arts and cultural opportunities available to the people of Gig Harbor. Gig Harbor-area individuals and arts and cultural organizations are encouraged to apply.


The Arts Commission will hold a pre-application workshop on January 29th at 5:30pm at the Gig Harbor Civic Center to answer questions about the program.


The deadline for applications is February 21, 2020. Projects must be complete by Dec. 9, 2020 in order for grant recipients to submit a project recap report by December 11, 2020.


Funding for the Creative Endeavor grants was approved by the City Council as part of the 2020 City budget.


Download an application and guidelines here: Creative Endeavor Grant Application - 2020


Past Grant Recipients:

Spectrum Chorus event:   Video

Art project with Kit Kuhn:  Peninsula Hands On Art


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 the next application process is March 27, 2020.  All projects must be complete in time for the artist to submit their invoices by October 31, 2020.


Funding for the Harbor Arbor Art was approved by the City Council as part of the 2020 City budget. Download the application, guidelines, and completion report from the link below:


      Harbor Arbor Art Application and Guidelines - 2020



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.
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Members

  • 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.

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 Photos

Additional Information

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