Arts and Cultural Commission

Culture800

Statute(s)

This Commission was established by Resolution of City Council on September 23, 1974. CM-9-591-74
Amended by Resolution of City Council on December 16, 2013. CM-12-459-13


Appointing Authority

City Council


Composition

There are 11 members on this Commission. Two of the members are non-voting members - one is a member of the City Council and the other is a City staff liaison


Terms

The Commissioners serve three year terms that expire on February 28.


Meeting Dates and Times

This Commission meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month at 7 p.m.


Meeting Locations

Community Center
City of Oak Park
14300 Oak Park Blvd.
Oak Park, MI 48237


Purpose

To act as an advisory commission to the City Council; to consider, study and recommend plans for the
development of city-wide cultural programs; to promote, coordinate and develop the performing and creative arts with the objective of bringing together the arts and the community; to make recommendations for programs for cultural opportunities and experiences for the citizens of Oak Park and to facilitate communications with the Michigan Council for the Arts; and to investigate possibilities of obtaining grants to aid programs and to make recommendations on available resources to Council.


Actively Serving Members

The following individuals are active members of Oak Park Arts and Cultural Commission:

Michele Stevenson, Chair
(Vacant), Vice-Chair
(Vacant), Secretary
Heidi Bisson
Sarah Davidson
Nathan Izydorek
Terri McQueen
Sudha Chandra Sekhar
Ayanna Smith

City Council Representative: Ken Rich
Staff Liaison: Denise DeSantis, Director of Community Engagement


Initiatives

Dancing in the Park

Easy, breezy summer nights of DJ entertainment in the park. This event is held on every Thursday evening in June.

City Hall Art Gallery Artist Receptions

If you are an artist that would like to be featured in the City Hall Art Gallery displays, please download the Oak Park City Hall Art Gallery Application. The Oak Park Arts and Cultural Commission reviews applications and selects artist on a quarterly basis. For more information, contact Denise DeSantis at (248) 691-7589.

Community Art Youth Development Program in Coordination with the Oak Park Library

The Oak Park Arts and Cultural Commission is partnering with the Friends of the Oak Park Library and the Oak Park Library staff to help plan and fund youth development programs.  The Commission held a color tile program at this year's Summerfest where children could create a unique decorated tile using Sharpees and alcohol. Some of the tiles are showcased in the Oak Park Library. The Commission is working with the Library to create a display board with everyone's creations. Some of the events planned for 2017, include:

  • Make-and-Take Tiles, Thursday, January 19, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Oak Park Library.
  • Heads on a Stick, Thursday, February 16, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Oak Park Library.
  • Pet Rocks, Thursday, March 16, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Oak Park Library.
  • Beats - Session No. 1, Thursday, April 20, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Oak Park Library.
  • Beats - Session No. 2, Thursday, May 18, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Oak Park Library.
  • Beats - Session No. 3, Thursday, June 15, 4:30-5:30 p.m., Oak Park Library.

Artist Workshops and Lectures

  • The Commission invites artists, artisans, and those that appreciate the art to come and share your expertise, talents and techniques. We hold informational presentations during regularly scheduled Oak Park Arts and Cultural monthly meetings, and occasionally plan public events. If you would like to learn more, contact Denise DeSantis at (248) 691-7589.

By-Laws

No


Rules of Procedure

No


Agendas

Oak Park Arts and Cultural Commission Agenda January 27, 2016
Oak Park Arts and Cultural Commission Agenda February 24, 2016
Oak Park Arts and Cultural Commission Agenda Cancellation Notice February 24, 2016
Oak Park Arts and Cultural Commission Agenda March 23, 2016
Oak Park Arts and Cultural Commission Agenda April 27, 2016
Oak Park Arts and Cultural Commission Agenda May 25, 2016


Meeting Minutes

Oak Park Arts and Cultural Commission Meeting Minutes December 15, 2015
Oak Park Arts and Cultural Commission Meeting Minutes January 27, 2016
Oak Park Arts and Cultural Commission Meeting Minutes February 24, 2016
Oak Park Arts and Cultural Commission Meeting Minutes March 23, 2016
Oak Park Arts and Cultural Commission Meeting Minutes April 27, 2015 - Pending City Council Approval
Oak Park Arts and Cultural Commission Meeting Minutes May 25, 2016 - Pending Commission Approval


Event and Activities 

Dancing in the Park