[HISTORY: Adopted by the Board of Trustees of the Village of Southampton 5-24-1988 as L.L. No. 3-1988. Amendments noted where applicable.]
The Board of Trustees of the Village of Southampton finds that it is in the best interest and general welfare of the inhabitants of the village to promote the humanities and the arts; to provide space within existing village properties for classes, performances and instruction in the fine arts; to provide, by contract, instruction and lectures in the arts to the residents of the village; and generally to promote the humanities and arts for all of the inhabitants of the village. The Board of Trustees further finds that it is in the best interests of its residents to seek and accept such financial and in-kind aid as may be available from either public or private sources in order to further the foregoing objectives. The Board of Trustees finds that it is empowered, pursuant to the provisions of the Village Law, to administer programs which promote the comfort and general welfare of its inhabitants and to provide for and accept contributions for such programs and that the administration thereof would be more effectively managed by a commission, the main concern of which shall be to provide programs, events and performances in the arts and humanities and therefore, the Board of Trustees finds and declares that the creation of a Commission on the Arts is and shall be in the best interests and shall promote the general welfare of the inhabitants of the village.
[Amended 3-24-1992 by L.L. No. 2-1992]
There is hereby created a Commission to be known as the "Village of Southampton Commission on the Arts."
The Commission shall consist of no more than 30 members, who shall be residents of Suffolk County and who shall be appointed by the Mayor with the approval of the Board of Trustees for terms of three years, except that the initial terms of members appointed to the Board shall be made for terms of three years, two years and one year, in order that 1/3 of the terms of the members of the Commission shall expire each year. Any persons presently serving as members of the Commission shall continue to serve until the expiration of their terms and thereafter until reappointed or replaced with the ultimate result that 1/3 of the members of the Commission shall be appointed annually.
The Mayor and two Trustees, chosen by the Board of Trustees, shall serve as ex officio members of the Commission.
The Commission shall elect from among its members a Chairperson, two Vice Chairpersons, a Secretary and a Treasurer.
The organization and activities of the Commission, including the election and terms of officers, schedule and rules for meetings and the establishment and composition of subcommittees, shall be governed by guidelines approved by the Board of Trustees.
[Amended 3-24-1992 by L.L. No. 2-1992]
Two members each of the Commission shall be chosen on the basis of their backgrounds in music, dance, drama and art; no less than four members of the Commission, exclusive of the ex officio members, shall be residents of the Village of Southampton, and six members shall be selected from among persons contributing to the Commission.
The Commission shall have general care and charge over the administration of programs, events and performances in the promotion of the arts and humanities in the Village of Southampton and administer the same and the funding thereof.
The Commission shall have the charge and care of providing space and scheduling time for the various programs, events and performances within and upon such village facilities and properties as the Board of Trustees, from time to time, shall designate as suitable locations therefor.
The Commission shall recommend to the Cultural Committee of the Board of Trustees all requests to use the cultural center and other facilities of the village for the holding of the programs, events and performances mentioned herein.
The Commission shall seek out and prepare applications for gifts, donations and grants from private and public sources in order to achieve the objectives and intents of this chapter.