33 YEARS OF DEDICATION TO THE ARTS
EDMONDS ARTS COMMISSION
2008 Annual Review
1 LITERARY ARTS
Presented the 23nd annual Write on the Sound Writer’s Conference (2) featuring
Poet Laureate Samuel Green (3), keynote speaker; artist/film maker Sarah Jane
Lapp (4); pre-conference writing workshops in partnership with Edmonds Commu-
nity College; Writing Contest awards sponsored by Patricia Thorpe/Wachovia Se-
curities; reception sponsored by Windermere Real Estate-Edmonds. Youth Writing
Contest held for Edmonds School District high school and middle school students.
Presented eight free Summer Concerts in City Park (5), featuring diverse perfor-
mances sponsored by Acura of Lynnwood, Lynnwood Honda, and John L. Scott/
Four exhibit spaces featured work by 25 regional artists plus 2 group shows, art-
work by local high school students, and group exhibits of art from Edmonds’ sister
city, Hekinan Japan, and the Edmonds Arts Festival Museum (EAFF) Collection.
A “Focus on Public Art” exhibit featured work by the late Everett DuPen. Joint ex-
hibits and receptions with EAFF included Marita Dingus, Wendy Thon, Sarah Jane
Lapp and Yoshiyasu Fujii (1).
Over 130 third grade artists participated in the 8th annual Best Book I Ever Read
Poster Contest for National Children’s Book Week. Reception with author/illustra-
tor Richard Jesse Watson (6) included awards sponsored by the Friends of the
5 Partnered with Washington State Arts Alliance to develop Peer Coaching pilot pro-
gram in Snohomish County.
Awarded $8,550 for tourism promotion from Lodging Tax Funds to Cascade Sym-
phony Orchestra, Choir of the Sound, Driftwood Players, Jazz Connection/Rotary
Foundation, KSER Foundation, Friends of Frank DeMiero, EAFF/Art Studio Tour
and Olympic Ballet Theatre.
Published the quarterly EAC Arts Bulletin Newsletter. Launched an email newslet-
ter sent to over 300 individuals.
Awarded Youth Scholarship to Simon Wood, Anna Barton, Jennica Bisbee, and
6 Elizabeth Nestlerode to pursue careers in literary and performing arts.
COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT &
Partnered to support and promote the arts, arts education, and cultural tourism with
Edmonds Arts Festival, Edmonds Arts Festival Foundation, Edmonds Center for the
Arts (Dance Theater of OR, Zing Go the Strings), Edmonds Chamber of Commerce,
Edmonds Community College, Edmonds Historical Museum, Edmonds School Dis-
7 trict, Edmonds Sister City Commission (Japanese Cultural Fair (7) & 20th Anni-
versary Celebration), Friends of the Edmonds Library, pARTners, Sno-Isle Library
(Everybody Reads Photo Contest & Opera Preview Lectures), Edmonds Historic
Preservation Commission, Lynnwood Arts Commission, and local businesses.
EAC acquires and maintains art for the City Collection through the Percent for Art
program and privately funded public art. New additions include the EAFF spon-
sored purchase award photograph from the Everybody Reads Photo Contest held in
conjunction with Sno-Isle Library Edmonds Reads (1st Place Tiffany Meyers) (8)
8 and National Humanities Month, and a painting by Edmonds’ artist Win Bainbridge.
Ongoing projects include Dayton Street Plaza renovations, 4th Avenue Cultural
Corridor planning, Bus Rapid Transit platforms, and Highway 99 enhancements.
The Community Cultural Plan Update process was completed and the Plan ap-
proved by City Council. Received Preserve America Grant for development of
an implementation and funding plan for the 4th Avenue Cultural Corridor (9).
Selected consultants, SvR Design, and completed the public portion of the 4th Ave
Cultural Corridor Planning process.
The City of Edmonds Arts Commission exists to ensure that the arts are integral to our
community’s quality of life, economic vitality, and central identity.
The Edmonds Arts Commission works to support the Community Cultural Plan, a component
of the City Comprehensive Plan, with goals to:
• Build Edmonds’ identity as a cultural destination
• Encourage effective partnerships to support cultural opportunities
• Develop cultural facilities
10 • Increase the visibility and accessibility of cultural events
• Broaden community involvement and participation
Edmonds Arts Commission Programs
40 % - Earned Income 55 % - Events & Art Ed
9 % - Contributed 5 % - Supplies
23 % - Lodging Tax Fund 15 % - Marketing the Arts
22 % - General Fund 18 % - Promotion Awards
6 % - Public Art 7 % - Public Art
NOTE: The amount of revenue/expenses for Public Art varies from year to year depending
on City construction projects.
Rick Bader, Greg Banasek, Joyeanna Chaudiere, Pam Harold, Mary Monfort, Joanne Otness and
Todd Timmcke, Chair
Frances White Chapin, Cultural Services Manager
Kris Gillespie, Cultural Services Assistant
The Commission meets to advise and recommend on arts issues and arts programs to the Mayor and City
Council. For more information call 425-771-0228.
EAC meets the first Monday of the month at 6 p.m. in the Edmonds Plaza Room. The public is welcome.
Edmonds Arts Commission
Department of Parks, Recreation & Cultural Services
700 Main Street, Edmonds WA 98020
Photos: Staff, Greg Banasek, Todd Timmcke
12 “Recycled Salmon” by Buster Simpson (10), “Beach Launch”, by Robert Cooke (11), “Standing Wave”
by Gerard Tsutakawa (12)
Edmonds Arts Commission
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