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.


 2021-2022 Commissioners

Anna Backstrom
District 1

Robert Booker
District 3​

Leticia de La Vara
District 7

Sarah Epperson
District 8​

Hillary Foose
District 6

Ema Jáuregui
District 5

Mitch Menchaca

​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​

For more information on the Arts and Culture Commission, please contact Patty Dunlap, arts and culture program 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. ​