Public Arts Commission

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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
  • Byron Mucke
  • Jeonghee Churches
  • Suzanne Gardner (Creative Arts Council Representative)
  • Brenda Chrystie (Creative Arts Council Alternate)
  • Vacant (Alternate #1)
  • Vacant (Alternate #2)
  • Vacant (Alternate #3)
  • Vacant (Works in Maple Valley)
  • Vacant (Student Representative)
  • Dorothy Stickney, Staff Liaison

To contact members of the Public Arts Commission please contact staff liaison, Dorothy Stickney at 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].

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
  • Arts EDUCATE
  • Arts enhance the ECONOMY
  • ADVOCATE for the 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.

City of Maple Valley

Seeking Volunteer Applicants

Do you have an interest or background in the Arts?  Maple Valley City Council currently has openings on the Public Arts Commission and invite you to apply for this rewarding and enjoyable service to your community.  If you or someone you know would like to be considered for the Public Arts Commission, please apply today! 

Boards and Commissions of the City of Maple Valley provide invaluable aid to City Council in making sound decisions for the benefit of the City and its residents.  Public Arts Commissioners make recommendations to City Council on matters of the Arts within the community.  The Public Arts Commission meets 6 times per year from 6:00 pm to 8:00 pm with occasional special meetings and workshops.

Current openings include:

  • 2 students attending high school within the Tahoma School District to serve as Student Representatives
  • 2 citizens residing within the city limits of Maple Valley to serve as Alternate Members

Applications may be accessed through the links below or picked up at City Hall, 22017 SE Wax Road, Suite 200.

If you have questions or would like more information about the Public Arts Commission, please contact Dorothy Stickney at (425) 413-8800.

Application [PDF]



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