Arts Commission



Monthly - Second Thursday
Agendas and Minutes

Time & Place:         6:30 p.m. Covington City Hall
Staff Contact: Pat Patterson 253-480-2482
Term: 3 years
Authority: Pat Patterson, Recreation and Cultural Arts Manager

The Arts Commission shall consist of seven members appointed by the City Council, two of which may be youth members who must be between the ages of 14 and 18 at the start of their terms.  Up to two of the members may reside outside the City, but those outside must reside within a three-mile radius of the City limits. The remaining five members must work or reside within the City limits.

Each position shall have a term of office for three years, provided, however, any member designated as a youth member shall serve only for one year. If a youth member is appointed, the Council shall fill the position for the remaining years, if any, at the end of the youth term. Terms shall commence on June 1st and expire on May 31st of the respective years. When a vacancy occurs, the replacement shall be for the remainder of the unexpired term.

The Arts Commission shall elect a chairperson, vice-chairperson and secretary from among its members. Such individuals shall hold office for one year. The City Manager shall appoint staff to provide assistance to the Commission as available and as permitted by the budget. The Commission shall meet one time per month and upon call of the chairperson, as necessary. Each regular and youth member shall have one vote.

The Arts Commission shall act in an advisory capacity to the City Council.  To that end, the Commission shall study, analyze and report as requested by the City Council and may perform the following functions in order to provide leadership in the arts:

  1. Keep the City Council informed in matters of arts, and represent community interest in matters of art;

  2. Serve as the central commission to whom individuals and groups may bring their concerns and ideas with regard to the arts;

  3. Seek to enlarge the art consciousness of Covington;

  4. Encourage multi-age working, sharing, learning and teaching in the arts;

  5. Provide recognition and encouragement to local artists, both those established and those as yet unrecognized;

  6. Explore financing for acquisition of art objects, art activities and capital improvements for the arts in Covington;

  7. Establish a long-range plan for the development and operation of a cultural center;

  8. Preparation of a public involvement program that solicits volunteer support and encourages public participation in the implementation and operation of Covington’s comprehensive arts program;

  9. Develop, implement and review a comprehensive community arts program and annual work plan;

  10. Present monthly commission meeting reports to the City Council at the first regular City Council meeting following the regular monthly commission meeting;

  11. Review the suitability of any work of art intended as a gift to the City;

  12. Such other and further responsibilities as may be assigned to the Commission by the City Council, from time to time. Covington Municipal Code (CMC) 2.70
                 Members: 3-Year Term:
 Chair Marita Ledesma - Pos. #1 5/31/22
  Marrina Vaessen - Pos. #2 5/31/22
  Balneet Sraon (youth) - Pos. #3 5/31/20
  Lilianna Fernandez (youth) - Pos. #4 5/31/20
  Vacant - Pos. #5 5/31/21
 Vice Chair Ruby Shrestha - Pos. #6 5/31/21
 Secretary Patti Melton - Pos. #7 5/31/21