The Ellensburg Arts Commission was established in 1980 for the purpose of appropriately advising the city council and staff regarding the furtherance of performing and/or visual arts within the city for the benefit of both the local public and visitors and tourists whom the city desires to attract.
The seven-member Arts Commission is to
The Arts Commission operates under the authority of Chapter 1.33 of the City Code and its purpose is to:
Advise, consult, and make recommendations to the City Council on matters pertaining to the performing, literary, and visual arts
Encourage and promote art activities of individuals, organizations, and government agencies in the City
Formulate and recommend to Council strategic plans for an arts advancement program for the City
Provide leadership and advocacy for the arts and artists
Manage, build, and maintain the city's public art collection
In November 2019, the City Council approved the Ellensburg Arts Commission Arts Policy. It provides the foundation for the mission, vision, core values and focus areas for the work of the Commission (EAC) in addition to Chapter 1.33 of the City of Ellensburg Code.
Second Thursday of each month
City Council Conference Room 501 N. Anderson Street Ellensburg, WA 98926
There are seven Arts Commission members, which are not required to be City residents. There is one non-voting City Council liaison to the commission. Members of the Arts Commission serve four-year terms. The current Commission members are:
Courtney Blackstock, term expires May 31, 2026
Jerald Dougherty, term expires May 31, 2025
Alex Eyre, term expires May 31, 2025
Jeffrey Snedeker, term expires May 31, 2026
Jill Scheffer, term expires May 31, 2027
Erin Oostra, term expires May 31, 2025
Brian Kooser, term expires May 31, 2025
David Miller is the current City Council liaison to the commission.
The Arts Commission operates under the authority of Chapter 1.33 of the City Code and is responsible for:
Advising the City Council on matters concerning performing and visual arts
Encouraging and promoting art activities of individuals, organizations, and government agencies in the City
Formulating and recommending to Council an arts advancement program for the City
For more information, please contact Kelle Vandenberg, the Arts Commission contact, at (509) 962-7149. You may also visit the Ellensburg Arts webpage.