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Commission On Cultural Affairs

Acts in an advisory capacity in all matters pertaining to the arts and cultural environment of the City and makes recommendations on City funding of arts programs and services. This twelve member commission must include four members with significant knowledge and a demonstrated interest in one or more areas of the arts, including music, dance, literature, visual arts, theater, folk arts, media arts, design and arts education; two members of the business and professional community with one being from a business or professional office in the special business district; two members involved in education; three members from any category; and one lay person with no specialized knowledge in the arts. The length of terms is three years, with openings occurring in October.

Members & Terms

  • William Bondeson - Term Ending October 31, 2018
  • Carol Schmitz - Term Ending October 31, 2018
  • William Williams - Term Ending October 31, 2018
  • Michael Sleadd - Term Ending October 31, 2018
  • Alan Toigo - Term Ending October 31, 2019
  • Tammy Brewer - Term Ending October 31, 2019
  • Nicholas Kenny - Term Ending October 31, 2019
  • Ellen Rippeto - Term Ending October 31, 2019
  • Lili Vianello - Term Ending October 31, 2020
  • Jane Church - Term Ending October 31, 2020
  • Natalie Thomas - Term Ending October 31, 2020
  • Vacant - Term Ending October 31, 2020

Establishing Legislation:

Sec. 2-231. Commission established; purposes.
There is hereby established a commission on cultural affairs to plan, promote and encourage programs to further public awareness of, accessibility to, participation in, and support for the artistic and cultural development of the city.
(Ord. No. 13971 §§ 1, 2, 2-21-94; Ord. No. 21571, § 1, 1-7-13)

Sec. 2-232. Membership; appointment; qualifications; terms; vacancies.
The commission on cultural affairs shall be composed of twelve (12) members, appointed by the city council. Four (4) members shall have significant knowledge and demonstrated interest in one or more areas of the arts, including music, dance, literature, visual arts, theater, folk arts, media arts, design and arts education. Two (2) members shall be from the business and professional community, one of which shall be from a business or professional office in the special business district. Two (2) members shall be involved in education. One member shall be a lay person with no specialized knowledge in the arts. The commission shall have representation from at least four (4) of the six (6) city wards. Appointments shall be for terms of three (3) years, except that appointments to fill vacancies shall be for unexpired terms only. Terms shall begin on November 1. No member shall serve more than two (2) consecutive full three-year terms. Members shall serve without compensation. At least nine (9) members shall be qualified voters of the city. The city manager shall appoint a staff liaison to work with the commission.
(Ord. No. 13971 §§ 1--2, 2-21-94; Ord. No. 14801 § 1, 3-18-96; Ord. No. 18853, § 1, 1-3-06; Ord. No. 20593, § 1, 4-5-10; Ord. No. 21571, § 1, 1-7-13)

Sec. 2-233. Duties and responsibilities.
The commission shall have the following duties and responsibilities:
            (1)        To act in an advisory capacity to the city council in all matters pertaining to the arts and cultural environment of the city;
            (2)        To hold regular public meetings and maintain a written record of its proceedings;
            (3)        To make recommendations on city funding of arts programs and services;
            (4)        To recommend applications and solicitations for grants, gifts and donations from individuals, groups, organization and agencies, both private and public, for any purpose consistent with the purposes of the commission;
            (5)        To make recommendations regarding city initiation or sponsorship, either alone or in cooperation with other agencies, of public programs to further the development of public awareness of and accessibility to arts programs and activities;
            (6)        To make recommendations regarding technical and professional assistance to arts and arts administrators;
            (7)        At the request of the city council, to work with area agencies on broad community issues in which a cultural perspective is relevant and desirable;
            (8)        To engage in comprehensive planning for the cultural development of the city.
(Ord. No. 13971 §§ 1--2, 2-21-94; Ord. No. 21571, § 1, 1-7-13)

Ord. No. 21571, § 1, 1-7-03Sec. 2-234. Meetings; quorum; attendance.
The commission shall hold a minimum of six (6) meetings annually at times and places to be determined by the commission. Special meetings may be called by the chair of the commission or by the city council. Seven (7) members of the commission shall constitute a quorum for the transaction of business. The chair of the commission is authorized to excuse any member from attendance at a commission meeting; provided, that the member requested to be excused before the meeting. Any member who is absent, without being excused, from twenty-five (25) per cent of the regular commission meetings held in a calendar year shall automatically forfeit the office. Any member who is absent, without being excused, from three (3) consecutive regular meetings shall automatically forfeit the office. The chair shall promptly notify the city council through the city clerk of such vacancy.
(Ord. No. 13971 §§ 1--2, 2-21-94; Ord. No. 17658, § 1, 4-21-03; Ord. No. 21571, § 1, 1-7-13)

Sec. 2-235. Election of officers; terms.
The commission shall elect from its membership a chair, a vice-chair and a secretary. Officers shall serve terms of one (1) year, and may serve a maximum of two (2) consecutive terms in each office. The commission may adopt rules and procedures for the conduct and transaction of its business.
(Ord. No. 13971 §§ 1--2, 2-21-94; Ord. No. 17658, § 1, 4-21-03; Ord. No. 21571, § 1, 1-7-13)

Sec. 2-236. Conflicts of interest.
Commission members shall not serve on the board of directors or be employed by any agency which applies for funding through the commission or which receives funding upon recommendation of the commission. For purposes of this section, each academic and administrative unit of the University of Missouri shall be considered a separate agency and each school of the Columbia Public School District shall be considered a separate agency. Any commission member who violates this section shall automatically forfeit the office. It shall be the duty of the chair of the commission to promptly notify the city council of the vacancy.
(Ord. No. 13971 §§ 1--2, 2-21-94; Ord. No. 17658, § 1, 4-21-03; Ord. No. 19302, § 1, 11-20-06; Ord. No. 19720, § 1, 11-5-07; Ord. No. 21571, § 1, 1-7-13)

Sec. 2-237. Gifts of works of art; procedures and guidelines for acceptance.
            (a)        Persons wishing to donate works of art to the city shall submit the following information to the manager of cultural affairs:
            (1)        A description of the work of art including the dimensions;
            (2)        The proposed display site, if a particular site is preferred;
            (3)        If the work of art has not been completed, relevant information on the artists;
            (4)        The estimated value of the work of art;
            (5)        An estimate of any cost to the city for installing the work (including such items as cost of removal from and restoration of an existing site, relocation costs and site preparation costs);
            (6)        If applicable, the identity of the persons installing the work and the manner in which the installation shall be accomplished;
            (7)        A description of any repair or restoration work needed and an estimate of the cost of such repair or restoration.
            (8)        A description of any necessary maintenance procedures and an estimate of the annual cost of such maintenance.
The manager of cultural affairs, to the extent feasible, shall assist potential donors in assembling this information.
            (b)        The manager of cultural affairs shall forward information received on a proposed gift of a work of art to the commission on cultural affairs and, if applicable, to the department head in charge of the proposed display site.
            (c)        The commission on cultural affairs shall make a recommendation to the city council on whether to accept the proposed gift of a work of art. In making its recommendation, the commission shall consider the following factors:
            (1)        The quality of the work of art;
            (2)        If the work has not been completed, the ability of the artist;
            (3)        The appropriateness of locating the work of art at the proposed display site;
            (4)        Any proposed restrictions on the gift;
            (5)        The technical feasibility of accepting and installing the work of art;
            (6)        The cost to the city of accepting the work of art.
In considering a proposed gift of a work of art, the commission shall consider the comments of the department head in charge of the proposed display site and the comments of any authorities or experts with whom the commission has consulted.
            (d)        The city council shall decide whether to accept or reject works of art offered to the city.
(Ord. No. 15073, § 1, 12-2-96; Ord. No. 21571, § 1, 1-7-13)