Arts Commission

mission statement

Integrating art and culture to create a sense of place, civic identity and unique character.

Guiding Principles

Artistic excellence: We strive for artistic excellence by showcasing high caliber local, regional and national artistic programming that reflects the city’s vision.

Accessibility: We engage deeply and widely with all segments of city, striving to reach all members of the community and create an avenue for artists to bring their creativity to the public.

Collaboration: We are committed to creating alliances and partnerships within and outside Sammamish to promote artistic excellence and accessibility. We work collaboratively with various state, regional and local agencies to enhance the effectiveness of the arts commission.

Community Design: We focus our efforts to nurture and build ‘creative capital’ locally, including taking necessary risks, to realize the impacts of the arts in fostering a vibrant social economy.

Diversity: We value diversity in artistic expressions and strive to promote arts as a universal language that binds people from different backgrounds and breathes life into our communities.

Leadership

  • Barbara Jirsa, Arts Commissioner, #1 (term ends 1/31/2021)
  • Vacant, Arts Commissioner, #2 (term ends 1/31/2021)
  • Lou Gopal, Arts Commissioner, #3 (term ends 1/31/2022)
  • Margaret Rosenow, Arts Commissioner, #4 (term ends 1/31/2022)
  • Claradell Shedd, Arts Commissioner, #5 (term ends 1/31/2019)
  • Priti Joshi, Arts Commissioner, #6 (term ends 1/31/2019)
  • Ramu Iyer, Chair, Arts Commissioner, #7 (term ends 1/31/2020)
  • Vacant, Arts Commissioner, #8 (term ends 1/31/2020)
  • Vacant, Arts Commissioner, #9 (term ends 1/31/2020

Sammamish Arts Fair

The Fair has out grown its City Hall space. The event was also in need of refresh. There will not be a 2018 Arts Fair. A “gap year” will be used for planning along with the help of an advisory panel, to develop a road map for 2019. Central Washington University on 228th is to be the new location. Part of the new model will include the showcasing of arts groups from Sammamish and the Eastside.

The Sammamish Arts Commission serves as an advisory body to the City Council in matters concerning the promotion and facilitation of public art in the community.

Resources

Events

Date Meeting Info Agenda Minutes Packet
06/25/2018 6:30 PM
06/08/2018 4:00 PM
Volunteers are needed to help greet visitors at the Audubon Traveling Photo Award Exhibit at the Sammamish Campus of Central Washington University. If interested, please contact Arts Commissioner Claradell Shedd: CShedd@sammamish.us The following shifts are available. Date Time Friday, June 8th 4pm ...
06/08/2018 4:00 PM
You are cordially invited to join Central Washington University, Eastside Audubon Society, and Sammamish Arts Commission for VIP reception featuring 2017 Audubon Photography Awards Show Welcome: Gayla Stoner, Associate Provost Keynote: Representative Roger Goodman, 45th L.D. with a Special Presentat ...
05/24/2018 6:00 PM
LAYERS Is an exhibit of work by regional artists including Liz Ruest, Cheryll Leo-Gwin, Claire Putney, Iskra Johnson, Phil Stoiber, Aaliyah Gupta and Amanda Knowles LAYERS overlapping, superimposed, connections, tiers, transparency, photography, printing, digital, painting. Free and Open to the Publ ...
05/21/2018 6:30 PM
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04/23/2018 6:30 PM
Agenda PDF
04/23/2018 8:30 AM
Sammamish City Hall Commons Gallery on view April 23 – July 20, 2018. An artist’s reception will be held on Thursday, May 24th from 6-8:00 pm. LAYERS Is an exhibit of work by regional artists including Liz Ruest, Cheryll Leo-Gwin, Claire Putney, Iskra Johnson, Phil Stoiber and Aaliyah Gupta and Ama ...
03/26/2018 6:30 PM
Agenda PDF
03/24/2018 7:00 PM
5th Annual community event! Join us for a special evening of singing, dancing, music, comedy, martial arts and more, in a relaxed, community setting. Showcasing local teen talent, in a high-quality production, we proudly present our 5th annual event. Light refreshments will be for sale and Will Flas ...
02/26/2018 6:30 PM
Agenda PDF
02/24/2018 10:00 AM
Play with a wide variety of LEGOs. Build a tower, create a dinosaur. Explore all corners of a LEGO city -- wherever your imagination takes you. Join us anytime throughout the day. FREE event. Registration NOT required. For more information contact Claradell Shedd, Sammamish Arts Commissioner, at she ...
02/10/2018 7:00 PM
Special Arts Sammamish Presents “Gen~Thriller”, A Murder Mystery Dessert Theater event willbridges across generations to include a cast of Senior Adultactors along with Teen/Tween actors, for an evening of lively andadventurous “Who-dun-It” style fun! This interactive event, set in the 1920’s will d ...
02/09/2018 7:00 PM
Special Arts Sammamish Presents “Gen~Thriller”, A Murder Mystery Dessert Theater event willbridges across generations to include a cast of Senior Adultactors along with Teen/Tween actors, for an evening of lively andadventurous “Who-dun-It” style fun! This interactive event, set in the 1920’s will d ...
01/25/2018 6:00 PM
Willow Bader’s dynamic art unites modern figurative subject matter with traditional mediums. The ancient technique of encaustic lends itself beautifully to the sensual physicality and boldness of her work. Free and Open to the Public Come meet the artists now on display at City Hall - enjoy an eveni ...
01/22/2018 6:30 PM
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01/19/2018 8:30 AM
January 19 - April 20, 2018 - The Work of Willow Bader Free and Open to the Public Exhibit on display in the City Hall Lobby and 2nd Floor Galleries from 8:30a.m. to 4:30p.m., Monday through Friday Willow Bader’s dynamic art unites modern figurative subject matter with traditional mediums. The ancie ...
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