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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
  • Brenda Chrystie (Alternate - Creative Arts Council)
  • Jeonghee Churches
  • Tiesha Fields
  • Suzanne Gardner
  • Neviah Leer
  • Byron Mucke
  • Vacant (Alternate #1)
  • Vacant (Alternate #2)
  • Vacant (Alternate #3)
  • Dorothy Stickney, Staff Liaison

To contact members of the Public Arts Commission please contact staff liaison, Dorothy Stickney at dorothy.stickney@maplevalleywa.gov or 425-413-8800. 

The Commission meets at least 6 times per year.

The activities and goals, and rules of procedure for the City of Maple Valley Public Arts Commission may be reviewed at:  MVMC Section 2.95.050 and Rules of Procedure [PDF].


VISION
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.

MISSION
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.

CORE VALUES
These are the core values upon which the Public Arts Commission’s future strategic plan and initiatives will be based: 

  • SUSTAINABILITY
  • PRIDE in heritage, history, and community
  • CULTURAL DIVERSITY
  • Arts EDUCATE
  • Arts enhance the ECONOMY
  • COLLABORATION
  • ACCOUNTABILITY
  • 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.

 


CALL FOR LOANED ART EXHIBITS

Introducing Lake Wilderness Lodge Art Gallery!
A place for local artists to show case their artwork

Artists working in 2 dimensional art or Custodians of such artwork are invited to apply for the Lake Wilderness Lodge Art Gallery Exhibition Program.  Please complete the application via the link below and follow submission instructions. 

For additional information, please view the Call for Loaned Art Exhibits or contact Dorothy Stickney at dorothy.stickney@maplevalleywa.gov or (425) 413-8800.

Link to application
Link to Call for Loaned Art Exhibits

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