The mission of the Public Arts Advisory Committee is to enhance the cultural and aesthetic quality of life in Ashland by actively pursuing the placement of public art in public spaces and serving to preserve and develop public access to the arts. The continued vitality of the arts in the City of Ashland is a vital part of the future of the city as well as of its citizens. The arts are an important part of the cultural and economic life of the entire community of Ashland and enrich the participants in the arts as well as those who observe them. Several organizations, which exist in Ashland, are active in the arts and provide leadership to the community on arts related matters. The creation of a Public Arts Committee for the City of Ashland will assist those organizations, other organizations and individuals, to make arts a more important part of the city's life.

Powers and Duties.

The Public Arts Advisory Committee shall be specifically responsible for, but not limited to, the following:

1. The committee shall ensure the arts continue to be of value as an integral part of Ashland.

2. The committee shall promote the arts in Ashland to enrich the lives of its citizens through education and demonstration.

3. The committee may assist the city council, the Ashland Parks and Recreation Commission, historic committee and the planning commission in using public art to enhance existing development in public parks and other public lands and in public structures.

4. The committee shall advise the planning commission, the Ashland Parks and Recreation Commission, other city commissions and committees and city departments regarding artistic components of all municipal government projects under consideration by the city. The committee may also serve as a resource for artistic components of land use developments.

5. The committee shall develop and recommend to the city council policies and programs that would enhance and encourage the planning, placement and maintenance of public displays of art in locations open to the public within the community.

6. The committee shall encourage connections with other local, regional and national organizations working for the benefit of art and preservation of artistic values, and other similar activities.

7. The committee shall recognize and encourage groups and organizations that enrich Ashland life by bringing cultural and artistic values and artifacts to the city.

8. The committee shall pursue gifts and grants for support of arts programs and activities and the procurement of public art.

Please remember that other than staff, the people listed below are volunteers working on behalf of our community and should only be contacted on matters related to their particular commission, committee or board.

Please remember that other than staff, the people listed below are volunteers working on behalf of our community and should only be contacted on matters related to their particular commission, committee or board.

Contact the Public Arts Advisory Committee

Interested in serving on this Committee? SUBMIT an APPLICATION

Established Meetings Length of Term
2002 Meets 3rd Thursday of each month at 4:00 p.m. at the Community Dev. Bldg., 51 Winburn Way 3 year terms expiring April 30


Name Email Title Term Begin Term End
Beca Blake Position 1 11/21/2023 4/30/2026
Laura Bloom Position 4 12/15/2020 4/30/2024
Jennifer Chenoweth Staff Liaison
Gina DuQuenne Council Liaison
Tessa Elbettar Position 2 2/7/2023 4/30/2026
Ken Engelund Position 6 - CHAIR 9/7/2021 4/30/2024
Cassie Preskenis Position 3 4/20/2021 4/30/2024
Stefani Seffinger APRC Liaison
Stanley Smith Position 5 6/5/2018 4/30/2024
Heather Warden Position 7 5/2/2023 4/30/2026

Upcoming Calendar Events

Date Start End Event Description Location
12/21/2023 4:00 PM 5:30 PM Public Arts Advisory Committee Meeting
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