The City of Wenatchee’s Arts Commission consists of a group of volunteers who reside, attend school or own a business within the City limits. This Commission serves in an advisory capacity to the Wenatchee City Council and is supported part-time by the Museum department staff.
Funding for public art projects and arts programs is generated from the 1%-for-Art Fund. The fund receives monies from capital improvement projects undertaken by the City of Wenatchee that cost more than $75,000. One percent of those funds is then transferred to the art fund. Monies distributed to arts programs include the Community Art Support Grant Program, the Out of the Box projects, and public art projects such as the purchase of sculptures that are included in the Art on the Avenues display or integrated art like the work at the Public Services Center on McKittrick and the Wastewater Treatment Plant work on Worthen Avenue.
The Commission recommends artists for projects or programming for art to the City Council for final approval. The Commission also oversees the City’s large art collection of sculpture, wall art and permanent site-specific installations.
Projects of the Arts Commission
- Community Arts Support Program
- Art in Public Places (Brochure link [8.3 MB PDF document])
- Out of the Box (Application for Artists or Art Groups)
- Inclusive arts and culture informational website, www.WeVarts.org
Community Art Support Program
Community Art Support Program grant applications are available for community organizations promoting art projects and programs within Wenatchee City limits. Maximum award is $1,500.00 to be reimbursed after the program is complete. Typical awards average $500 in support. Organizations may apply for two consecutive years for the same project. More information and applications are available in PDF format (43 KB). Applications will be reviewed on and on-going basis during regular Arts Commission meetings as long as funds remain available.
Out of the Box - Traffic Utility Box Art Project
Traffic control boxes throughout the city can sometimes be unsightly fixtures. The Wenatchee Arts Commission has a solution! Artists or art groups are invited to submit proposals to create art that enhances the space and is compatible with the location. Several boxes have already been transformed. The painted utility boxes are located at the corners of 5th and Western (by Kelly Reid); at Town Toyota Center and at Lincoln Park (by Dan McConnell); at Miller and Cherry (by Martha Flores); and at Chelan and Orondo (by the Wenatchee River Brush Benders). To submit a proposal to transform a box by your group, click on this Word document or contact Wenatchee Arts Commission at email@example.com or 509-888-6242. Look up the projects on-line to see examples of this type of Utility Box Art for inspiration!
Wenatchee Valley Arts & Culture Website [www.WeVarts.org]
A one stop for information about arts of all disciplines, organizations, artists and heritage happenings. The website has a blog for arts related content, a calendar of events, classified listing area for arts and heritage related resources to buy, rent or sell and listings of arts and heritage organizations and individuals. To contribute as an individual artist or arts / heritage organization, just go to the website and click the "Submit" tab or email your information to artscommission at wenatcheewa dot gov.
Arts Commission Members:
Sharron Johnson, President
Don Collins, Vice President
Carol Loranger, Secretary
Ann Bixby Smith
Eli Kahn, Student Representative
Keith Huffaker, Council Representative
Staff Support to the Commission:
Brenda Abney, Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center, (509) 888-6240.
Meetings are held on the first Tuesday of each month at 4:00 pm at the Wenatchee Valley Museum and Cultural Center.
For more information, please contact:
Brenda Abney, (509) 888-6240 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
To view the ordinance that established and set guidelines for the Wenatchee Arts Commission, click here [MS Word document]