Arts and Culture Commission

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​The City of Phoenix Arts and Culture Commission is an advisory body to the Mayor and City Council, City Manager, and the Office of 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.

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 2021-2022 Commissioners

Anna Backstrom
District 1

Robert Booker
District 3​

Sally Boyle
District 8

Sarah Epperson
District 8​

Hillary Foose
District 6

Fernando Hernández
District 7​

Ema Jáuregui
District 5

Mitch Menchaca
Ex-Officio​

​Ismael Morales​
District 3

Joe Netherwood
District 2

Robert Nolan
District 4

Michael Oleskow
District 4

​Mario Romero
District 4

Jack Schwimmer, Chair
District 4

Celeste Scott
District 1

Crys Waddell, Vice-Chair
District 8​


 Meetings and Committees

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

​The Commission established standing committees, includ​ing:​​

Advocacy and Grants: This committee shall develop an annual plan containing key messages and an implementation strategy that will enable the Commission to communicate the importance and value of arts and culture to policymakers and the general public. This committee shall work with the Office of Arts and Culture staff to coordinate regular advocacy efforts relating to specific City and State initiatives and the Office of Arts and Culture's budget and programs. This committee also acts as the ad hoc grants committee to review grants panelists and allocation recommendations to the full Commission. The Advocacy and Grants Committee meets the third Tuesday of the month at 5:30 p.m.​

Public Art: This committee shall advise the Commission and the Office of Arts and Culture on all policy and actions necessary for the implementation of the City’s Public Art Program to include development of the annual Public Art Project Plan, recommend artist contracts, and shall periodically review and recommend revisions to the City’s Municipal Art Collection and Public Art Program policies. This body shall review and make recommendations in response to offers of loans, donations, or deaccession of works of art to the City’s permanent collection. The Public Art Committee meets the fourth Tuesday of the month at 4:00 p.m.

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 program coordinator at 602-495-0185 or patty.dunlap@phoenix.gov​​. ​​

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