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City of Seattle
Ed Murray, Mayor
NEWS ADVISORY
SUBJECT: City seeks candidates for Seattle Arts Commission
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE:
9/23/2008  4:00:00 PM
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City seeks candidates for Seattle Arts Commission
Commissioners are appointed by mayor and City Council


SEATTLE — The city of Seattle is seeking candidates for the Seattle Arts Commission. The citizen commission advises the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs on arts and cultural policy, advocates for arts initiatives and approves funding awards to artists and organizations.

Eight seats are open on the 16-member commission. The mayor appoints seven commissioners, and the City Council appoints seven commissioners. The full commission appoints the 15th member. The mayor appoints the 16th commissioner to a one-year term through the YMCA's "Get Engaged" Program.

Commissioners serve two-year terms and may be reappointed for up to three terms. Several commissioners will finish their third term at the end of this year. Commission members include leaders in the business and educational community, artists, arts professionals and residents with diverse backgrounds and strong links to Seattle's cultural sector.

Interested applicants must be Seattle residents. Commissioners serve without compensation. The commission meets the second Tuesday of each month from 4 to 5:30 p.m. To be considered, submit a letter of interest and résumé by Monday, Oct. 20, 2008.

In keeping with Mayor Greg Nickels' "Paper Cuts" program, electronic submissions are preferred. E-mail your letter of interest and résumé to peggy.scales@seattle.gov or mail materials to:

Peggy Scales
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs
PO Box 94748
Seattle, WA 98124-4748

The city is committed to promoting diversity on its boards and commissions. Women, young persons, persons with disabilities, sexual minorities, and persons of color are encouraged to apply.

For more information, please call Peggy Scales, assistant to the director of the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs, at (206) 233-3951.

The Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs promotes the value of arts and culture in and of communities throughout Seattle. The 16-member Seattle Arts Commission, citizen volunteers appointed by the mayor and City Council, supports the city agency.

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