About the Arts Commission

The Lakewood Arts Commission is one of the city’s newest community advisory boards conducting their first meeting in October 2006.
The mission of the Lakewood Arts Commission, consistent with guidance from the Lakewood City Council, is to assess needs, establish priorities and make recommendations for the enrichment of the community and promotion of its cultural vitality through the arts. The Lakewood Arts Commission will therefore:

  • Promote the visual, performing and literary arts
  • Encourage the creative contribution of local artists
  • Make recommendations for Public Art to the City Council
  • Support community-building events
  • Foster the city's cultural heritage

Major Arts Commission Events

The Lakewood Arts Commission sponsors or participates in a variety of community events. The Commission hosts an art exhibit and essay contest in honor of the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. memorial observance in January. An Art Exhibit is also held in conjunction with Lakewold Gardens annual Mayfest in early May. Lakewood's Summerfest held in mid-June at Fort Steilacoom Park features an Arts Commission information booth and local talent on the Arts Commission Stage. Participation in the International Fest held in June and Lakewood's "Brightest Star" contest in July are other summertime featured events. Additionally, the "Summer Concerts in the Park" program is coordinated with Commission members and runs during July and August .

Current Members:

  • Kyong Suk An
  • Marie Barth
  • Holly Brown
  • Betsy Buck
  • Susan Cowperthwaite
  • Chris Colyar
  • Kathy Flores
  • Jan Giroux
  • Retha Hayward
  • Robert Lawrence
  • Kathy McGoldrick
  • Shirley Petersen (chairperson)
  • Phillip Raschke
  • Katrina Redding
  • Dennis Roden
  • Barbara Vest

Artist: Mark Calderon
Dedicated: September 20, 2008