Arts and Culture Commission

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​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The City of Phoenix Arts and Culture Commission is an advisory body to the Mayor and City Council, City Manager, and Arts and Culture. It is made up of a diverse group of resident​ volunteers with a particular area of focus on policymaking and financial recommendations for public art and grant investments for the City.

The Commission is a critical voice in promoting the importance and value of arts and culture experiences for all Phoenix residents. It advocates for continued public funding for the arts and culture sector, arts education, cultural equity, and other initiatives that further the growth and sustainability of the creative sector in Phoenix and the greater metropolitan area.​​​


 2023-2024 Commissioners

Melissa Acevedo
District 5​

Anna Backstrom
District 1

Sally Boyle
District 8

Hillary Foose
District 6

Fernando Hernández
District 8

Debra Larson
District 6

Mitch Menchaca

Dante Mitchell
District 4

​Ismael Morales​
District 3

Robert Nolan, Vice Chair
District 7

Sierra Ochoa
District 2​

Sophie O'Keefe-Zelman
District 4

Joe Rivera
District 6​

Mario Romero
District 4

​Crys Waddell, Chair
District 8​

The Phoenix Arts and Culture Commission meets monthly on the second Tuesday of the month at 4:00 p.m., via Webex, unless otherwise noted.

Agendas are posted for the public for all Commission meetings on the City Clerk's Public Meeting Notice Page​ at least 24 hours in advance of the meeting.

For more information on the Arts and Culture Commission, please contact Patty Dunlap, arts and culture operations coordinator at 602-495-0185 or​​. ​​​

If you are interested in becoming an Arts and Culture Commissioner, please visit boards and commissions​ to complete an online application form. ​​​