Arts Commission

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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.


  • Barbara Jirsa, Arts Commissioner, Position #1 (term ends 1/31/2021)
  • Jillian Born, Vice Chair, #2 (term ends 1/31/2021)
  • VACANT, Arts Commissioner, Position #3 (term ends 1/31/2021)
  • Margaret Rosenow, Arts Commissioner, Position #4 (term ends 1/31/2022)
  • Claradell Shedd, Arts Commissioner, #5 (term ends 1/31/2023)
  • Ashley Arrington, Chair, Position #6 (term ends 1/31/2023)
  • Janet Hild, Arts Commissioner, Position #7 (term ends 1/31/2024)
  • Sudeshna Dixit, Arts Commissioner, Position #8 (term ends 1/31/2024)
  • Sandra Pearce,  Arts Commissioner, Position #9 (term ends 1/31/2024)


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.


Date Meeting Info Agenda Minutes
12/19/2011 7:00 PM
10/17/2011 7:00 PM
10/01/2011 10:00 AM
09/19/2011 6:30 PM
09/10/2011 1:00 PM
Please join the Sammamish Arts Commission as it presents an afternoon with Dutch-born, Portland-area fine art painter, Henk Pander. About Painted Life History, transformation, death and reverence, these are some of the themes explored in "PAINTED LIFE", a cross-generational, cross-cultural portrait ...
09/02/2011 8:00 AM
Photographic and book artist Victoria Bjorklund creates photographic narratives from urban window reflections and the urban splendor of blue midnight. She finds inspiration from writers and how they use words to describe the world around them and seeks to give a narrative in each thoughtfully captur ...
08/15/2011 6:30 PM
08/01/2011 6:00 PM
07/18/2011 6:30 PM
06/20/2011 6:30 PM
06/08/2011 6:00 PM
RECEPTION ON Wed. June 8th between 6:00-8:00 p.m. in the Sammamish Commons Gallery. Eastside Master Chorus will provide Patriotic Pieces as the background during the reception of Art Exhibit "WaterLines" by Katherine Hasings which will run June 8th - August 31st and may be viewed beteween 8:30 - 5:0 ...
06/07/2011 7:30 PM
“Gossamer” and “Simple Measures” will blend music, nature and visual art during a free performance on June 7 Discover a world of sound, texture, and emotion as Gossamer and Simple Measures combine their talents to create a classical music concert that is anything but “typical.” Described as an “ench ...
05/16/2011 6:30 PM
04/18/2011 6:30 PM
04/18/2011 8:30 AM
Art Exhibit reception will be held on Friday, April 15th between 6:00 - 8:00p.m. in the Sammamish Commons Gallery. Brian Bonebrake paintings are on display at Sammamish City Hall, 801 228th Ave SE April 18th - May 27th. Sammamish City Hall is open between 8:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Monday - Friday. 
04/15/2011 6:00 PM
Please join us in viewing "The Art of Everyday Things" and meet artist Brian Bonebrake while listening to pianists Sondra Hopper, 2009 SAMMI winner and 2011 King FM young artists finalist Carly Ann Worden playing the beautiful Bosendorfer piano. Light refreshments will be served.
04/15/2011 8:00 AM
Sammamish Art Fair 2011 CALL TO ARTISTS ~ SUBMISSION APPLICATION & INFORMATION Deadline for Call submissions - May 15th Sammamish City Hall; 801 – 228th Ave SE Sammamish, WA 98075 Art Fair Dates: Saturday Oct 8th & Sunday Oct 9th - 10am to 5pm Mission of the Art Fair: The Art Fair is a community-wid ...
04/07/2011 7:00 PM
Intiman Theatre and the Sammamish Arts Commission presents Front Porch Theater "All My Sons". A community reading of selected scenes inspired by Arthur Miller's masterpiece All My Sons followed by a moderated conversation (book club style discussion). Which re-imagines the central characters as an A ...
04/06/2011 8:00 AM
Call to Sammamish Artists This Call for Art is only open to Sammamish Residents as part of artEAST's 5th Annual Sammamish Inviational show that we host each summer at Collective Works Gallery. The entry deadline is April 6th; submission info is contained in the Call. "Mysteries of the Soul" artEAST ...
04/04/2011 8:00 AM
Art Exhibit Installation - "Spring Knit Socks" by Suzanne Tidwell Suzanne's Art& Beth Newfeld. This is a seasonal display with funding by 4Culture and endorsed by the Sammamish Art Commission. Exhibit will run April - June.
03/22/2011 8:00 AM
Coordinated by the Sammamish Art Commission, artEAST and 2011 SAMMI Awards. The artists are: Dorothy Bonneau (Winning Artwork for Program Design) Gail Baker (new SAMMI Awards Stamp) Carol Paschal Karen Abel Carol Ross Jerome Steffen Anna Macrae Pascale Lord Sindhooja Mullapudi (Student Honorable Men ...
03/21/2011 6:30 PM
02/28/2011 6:30 PM
02/05/2011 1:00 PM
Please see the Chinese Art & Culture Event website for more information:
01/24/2011 6:30 PM
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