[Adopted 12-5-2018 by Ord. No. 2018-09]
Pursuant to Chapter C419:23 of the Lebanon City Charter, there is hereby established an Arts and Culture Commission. The Commission shall consist of nine voting members, including: one City Councilor; three citizen representatives, one from each City ward; one representative from the Heritage Commission; one representative from the Economic Development Commission (EDC); and three representatives from arts organizations within the City. The Council may appoint not more than three alternate members, one of which may be a City Councilor and two of which may be Lebanon residents at large. At all times, a majority of the nonalternate members shall be Lebanon residents.
[Amended 7-10-2019 by Ord. No. 2019-07]
The citizen representatives shall be appointed by the City Council and their terms shall initially be staggered for periods of one, two, and three years. Thereafter, all citizen representatives shall be appointed to terms of three years. The arts organization members shall serve for one-year terms and shall be appointed by the Council. The City Council representatives shall serve for their respective terms and shall be appointed by the Mayor. The Heritage Commission and EVEC shall appoint a representative from their respective bodies. The City Council shall act within 60 days to fill vacancies.
In determining each member's qualifications, the appointing authority shall take into consideration the appointee's demonstrated interest and ability to understand, appreciate and promote the purpose of the Arts and Culture Commission.
The Arts and Culture Commission is hereby established for the purposes of:
Promoting arts and cultural activities throughout all three wards of the City of Lebanon;
Cultivating relationships, activities and opportunities to grow Lebanon's cultural economy;
Supporting the development of public-private partnerships that enhance the quality of life and economic vitality in Lebanon;
Establishing policies for consideration and adoption by the Lebanon City Council for the integration of arts into all municipal buildings, structures, and spaces;
Establishing policies for consideration and adoption by the Lebanon City Council defining prospective spaces for, forms of, and processes for the adoption of public art in Lebanon.
The duties and responsibilities of the Arts and Culture Commission will include:
Establishing working subcommittees that serve to advance the Commission's work within the more focused areas identified by the Arts and Culture Task Force (e.g. city policy, finance, partnerships, organizational structure, data collection, designation of cultural districts);
Designating signature events and working with the City Council and City Administration to implement and promote those events to residents and visitors;
Updating and taking a leading role in the implementation of Chapter 12 of the Lebanon Master Plan (Community Design and Civic Art) to incorporate the work of the Commission and develop an independent guiding document for arts within the City;
Meeting at minimum one per month.