The Maple Valley Public Arts Commission was formed early in 2013 for the purpose of providing leadership to foster cultural opportunities and arts education, to improve the quality of life and enhance the aesthetic environment through public art, to promote Maple Valley as a creative center for arts experiences, activities and commissions, and to provide recommendations to the City Council on matters of the arts in the Maple Valley community. Commissioners are appointed by the Mayor, with confirmation by the City Council.
Current members of the Public Arts Commission are:
- Robin Porter, Chair
- Brent Pennington, Vice Chair
- Byron Mucke
- Robin Porter
- Jeonghee Churches
- Julie Somers
- Suzanne Gardner
- Vacant, Student
- Roger Churches, Alternate
- Dorothy Stickney, Staff Liaison
To contact members of the Public Arts Commission please contact staff liaison, Dorothy Stickney at firstname.lastname@example.org or 425-413-8800.
The Commission meets at least quarterly and includes among its seven members:
- Up to two youth representatives of high school age who attend a school within the Tahoma School District;
- One representative from the Maple Valley Creative Arts Council
- The five remaining members and each alternate are required to reside within the corporate limits of the City of Maple Valley.
All Commission members serve two year terms according to Maple Valley Municipal Code Chapter 2.95 which established staggered terms for the first year, except the youth representative who will always service a one year term.
Strategic Plan [PDF]
The Public Arts Commission’s vision for public arts in Maple Valley is:
We imagine the day when people and businesses are drawn to Maple Valley because of the City's reputation as an arts and cultural mecca. On this day, citizens won't be able to imagine Maple Valley without its arts and cultural offerings.
The Public Arts Commission’s mission is:
The Maple Valley Public Arts Commission provides leadership and supports collaborative efforts that enhance the aesthetic environment of Maple Valley through public art. It promotes cultural opportunities and experiential arts immersion throughout the community.
These are the core values upon which the Public Arts Commission’s future strategic plan and initiatives will be based:
- PRIDE in heritage, history, and community
- CULTURAL DIVERSITY
- Arts EDUCATE
- Arts enhance the ECONOMY
- ADVOCATE for the arts
DEFINITION OF PUBLIC ARTS
The City and Public Arts Commission define “public arts” as:
Art is part of the cultural thread that ties generations of citizens together, creating opportunities for expression, reflection, participation, understanding, and education. Art in public places draws people together, creates vibrant neighborhoods, and stimulates thought and engagement. Public arts enhance the built and natural environments that are unique to Maple Valley. Expanding the public’s awareness of and experience with the arts is vital to preserving our cultural heritage, improving contemporary life, enhancing the community’s identity, and supporting the growth of the local economy.