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Arts Commission

The seven-member commission recommends and advises the City Council, City Manager and staff on the disbursement of "Municipal Art Funds" needed for works of art and on the location and placement of such art.

The Commission also provides periodic reviews of capital improvement program projects for the purpose of making recommendations as to appropriations for works of art and recommends selection and commission of artists by contract for the design, execution and placement of works of art.

Meetings usually held the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 5 p.m.
Vision Gallery, 10 East Chicago Street.
Call 480-782-2695 for information.


Requirements:  7 members (3 yr term); 6 members must be qualified electors; residents for 1 yr preceding appointment; 1 member may be a resident of the local planning area.

The term of each member shall be for three (3) years, and each member shall serve until his/her successor is appointed and qualified. Any vacancy in office during the term shall be filled by the Mayor with approval of the Council for the unexpired term.

Members (7) Term Expires Date Appointed
Jose Benavides 05-01-2017 09-27-2012
Ethel Ross 05-01-2017 06-12-2008
Bonnie Lou Coleman 05-01-2017 12-10-2015
Laurie Fagen 05-01-2018 10-24-2002
Steven Velasquez 05-01-2018 12-10-2015
Carolyn Rhinehart 05-01-2019 05-26-2005
Kathleen Escobedo 05-01-2019 01-27-2011
Staff Liaison
Peter Bugg
Visual Arts Coordinator

Revised 10-31-2016

Established 12-19-83; Ordinance No. 1276

Online Application To Serve on Boards, Commissions & Committees

If you have any questions, call the City Clerk's Office at 480-782-2180.

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