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Minneapolis Arts Commission

The Minneapolis Arts Commission advises the City Council and Mayor on arts-related issues and was chartered in 1974 with the mission to strengthen the arts and enrich cultural life in Minneapolis. The Commission works closely with the staff of the Department of Community Planning & Economic Development-Planning Division, and shares their goal of developing a strong and vital arts community throughout Minneapolis.

Established Date:
Dec 1, 1974
Membership Details
No. of Seats:
17
Positions Occupied:
12
Vacant Positions:
5
Membership Description:
The Commission consists of 17 members; 5 individual practicing artists, 7 lay persons, and 5 administrative staff or board members of arts organizations.
Term Limit:
3
Term Limit Note:
Any member who has served on the commission for three (3) successive three-year terms may not be reappointed until one (1) year has expired.
Residency Requirement:
Must be a Minneapolis resident.
Compensation:
None
Selection Procedure:

Commission members are appointed with the open appointment process. Applications are reviewed by the Zoning & Planning Committee, along with recommendations from the Arts Commission. The Mayor appoints 8 members with consent and approval of the City Council. The President of the City Council appoints 9 members with the consent and approval of the City Council.  

Appointing Cycle:
Fall
Members
Seat # Name Term Start Term End Appointing Authority Membership Requirements
1 Vacant Apply Now Jan 1, 2019 Dec 31, 2021 Mayor Individual Practicing Artist
2 Vacant Apply Now Jan 1, 2019 Dec 31, 2021 Council President Individual Practicing Artist
3 Mariana Mansfield Apply Now Jan 1, 2021 Dec 31, 2023 Council President Individual Practicing Artist
4 Vacant Apply Now Jan 1, 2020 Dec 31, 2022 Mayor Individual Practicing Artist
5 Mandi Bedbury Apply Now Jan 1, 2020 Dec 31, 2022 Council President Individual Practicing Artist
6 Lisa Middag Apply Now Jan 1, 2019 Dec 31, 2021 Mayor Arts Lay Person
7 Jeffrey L Swinton Apply Now Jan 1, 2020 Dec 31, 2022 Mayor Arts Lay Person
8 Lana Aylesworth Apply Now Jan 1, 2020 Dec 31, 2022 Council President Arts Lay Person
9 David Smith Apply Now Jan 1, 2019 Dec 31, 2021 Council President Arts Lay Person
10 Lucy Thompson Apply Now Jan 1, 2021 Dec 31, 2023 Mayor Arts Lay Person
11 Melinda Ludwiczak Apply Now Jan 1, 2017 Dec 31, 2020 Mayor Arts Lay Person
12 Vacant Apply Now Jan 1, 2017 Dec 31, 2020 Council President Arts Lay Person
13 Crystal Brinkman Apply Now Jan 1, 2019 Dec 31, 2021 Mayor Arts Organization
14 Ahava Silkey-Jones Apply Now Jan 1, 2019 Dec 31, 2021 Council President Arts Organization
15 Vacant Apply Now Jan 1, 2020 Dec 31, 2022 Mayor Arts Organization
16 Jack Moebius Apply Now Jan 1, 2021 Dec 31, 2023 Council President Arts Organization
17 Joan A Vorderbruggen Apply Now Jan 1, 2020 Dec 31, 2022 Council President Arts Organization
Meeting Schedule:
The commission meets on third Wednesday of each month, 5:30 - 7:00 PM.
Location:
Public Service Building
Address:
515 Fourth St. S. Minneapolis, MN 55415
Legislative Details
Enabling Legislation:
This link open a new window Code of Ordinances, Chapter 36. Arts Commission (2015-082)
Bylaws:
This link open a new window Minneapolis Arts Commission Bylaws
Enabling Legislation Revised Date:
Sep 25, 2015
Contact Information
Department:
Community Planning & Economic Development
Phone:
{{'6126733242' | telePhone}}
Subcommittees
Subcommittee Name Description Meetings Calendar
Minneapolis Arts Commission Executive Committee The Executive Committee of the Minneapolis Arts Commission is an agenda setting group that oversees and supports the broader commission in advancing its charter by supporting the development and advancement of annual work plans, budget, and strategy. View Agendas & Minutes View Meeting Calendar