Arts Commission


  • 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
  • Dr. Daniel Bozich
    Term: March 2023
  • Linda Sutherland
    Term: March 2022
  • Jennifer Beard
    Term: March 2024
  • Samantha Kelly
    Term: March 2024
  • Lynn Stevenson
    Term: March 2023
  • 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.

Proposed Arts and Culture Element of the Gig Harbor Comprehensive Plan

The City of Gig Harbor will be holding a public hearing on amendments to the city's Comprehensive Plan to include an Arts and Culture Element.  This has been in the works for three years. The hearing is scheduled for Monday, February 22, 2021 and the public is invited to let the Council know how important the arts are to our growing community.  To see what is being considered, follow this link:  Arts and Culture Element

Ancich Waterfront Park Art Project Photos

Poetry Out Load Program - Registration Information

Additional Information

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

Creative Endeavor Grants Program

The Gig Harbor Arts Commission announces the reopening of the 2021 Creative Endeavor grant program.

This $5000 in funding will help local individuals and arts and culture organizations 

to bring more artistic experiences to Gig Harbor. 

The Gig Harbor Arts Commission is reopening the the 2021 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 deadline for applications is noon, May 5, 2021. All projects must be complete in time for grant recipients to submit their project recap reports and invoices by December 8, 2021.

Funding for the Creative Endeavor grants was approved by the City Council as part of the 2021 City budget. This $5000 is the result of a grant award being declined.

Download an application and guidelines here: Creative Endeavor Grant Round 2 Application

Past Grant Recipients:  

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 2020 City budget. 

Harbor Arbor Art (photo courtesy of Leonard Hill)

Grandview Forest Park tree snag art by George Kenny (photo courtesy of Leonard Hill)