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.


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11/26/2018 6:30 PM
11/08/2018 6:00 PM
Sammamish Arts Commission presents The Gift of Place The Artwork of Katherine L. Wright October 8, 2018 – January 4, 2019 Artist Reception Thursday, November 8, 2018 6-8:00pm City Hall Commons Gallery Free and open to the public Katherine L. Wright is an artist and architect. Her art captures the sp ...
10/22/2018 6:30 PM
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09/24/2018 6:30 PM
07/23/2018 6:30 PM
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06/25/2018 6:30 PM
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05/21/2018 6:30 PM
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04/23/2018 6:30 PM
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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
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02/26/2018 6:30 PM
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01/22/2018 6:30 PM
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