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
12/16/2013 6:30 PM
11/18/2013 6:30 PM
10/28/2013 6:30 PM
09/16/2013 6:30 PM
08/19/2013 6:30 PM
07/15/2013 6:30 PM
06/17/2013 6:30 PM
05/20/2013 6:30 PM
05/10/2013 5:00 PM
05/09/2013 10:00 AM
This Workshop Series will take place on 4 Thursdays, May 9th, 16th, 23rd & 30th. The first (2) sessions will be: "Touch Painting" with instructor Gail Baker. In this workshop you will learn to move your fingers, palms, knuckles and elbows over a delicate translucent piece of paper with paint underne ...
05/02/2013 7:00 PM
Sammamish residents are invited to participate as readers for this thought provoking comedy written by: Katie Forgette Joe Taylor, a retired actor, moves into a prison-turned-elder-care facility shortly after the demise of Medicare and discovers a community of loveable, irascible inmates hell-bent o ...
04/15/2013 6:30 PM
03/18/2013 6:30 PM
02/12/2013 6:30 PM
02/09/2013 1:00 PM
This program is FREE to Special Needs Students of Sammamish
01/14/2013 6:30 PM
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