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865 SE Barrington Drive
Oak Harbor, WA 98277
Phone: 360-279-4500
Fax: 360-279-4507

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Arts Commission

Oak Harbor Arts Commission

The city council finds that public artistic expressions of all kinds enhance the cultural, economic, educational and social life of the community and benefit the health and welfare of the city’s residents. In its role as guardian of the health and welfare of the city, the city council finds it appropriate, necessary, and desirable to promote and support public experiences of the visual arts and other artistic disciplines for the good of the citizens of Oak Harbor - OHMC 2.29.005 (Ord. 1548 § 1, 2009; Ord. 1438 § 3, 2005)

An arts commission of the city of Oak Harbor, to be known as the Oak Harbor arts commission, is hereby established to serve as an advisory body to the mayor and Oak Harbor city council. The commission shall consist of seven members who shall serve without compensation - OHMC 2.29.010 (Ord 1631 § 1, 2012; Ord. 1548 § 1, 2009; Ord. 1438 § 3, 2005).

Oak Harbor Arts Commissioner Members

Skip Pohtilla - Chair
KC Pohtilla
Nora O'Connell-Balda
Kit Christopherson
Rick Lawler
John Pedleton
Lisbeth Cort
Sharon Hall
Therese Kingsbury

Exofficio Member (OH HIgh School) - Jillian Gonzales

Currently there are no vacancies on the Arts Commission.  If you are interested in serving on the commission, please fill out an application and submit it to the City Clerk's office.

2.29.020 Purpose and functions of the Oak Harbor arts commission.

The purpose of the Oak Harbor arts commission shall be to foster the creative arts in Oak Harbor. “Creative arts” shall include all forms of the visual and performing arts. The arts commission shall make recommendations to the mayor and city council on activities, projects and programs which the city should sponsor or undertake to promote the following aims:

(1) Foster arts and cultural programs for the enrichment of the city and its citizens.

(2) Foster the development of a local arts community, encouraging an environment for the success of working individual artists.

(3) Coordinate and strengthen new and existing art organizations and develop cooperation with regional entities.

(4) Develop a program for public art, including identifying sources of funding.

(5) Further the vision of Oak Harbor as a vibrant and progressive community.

(6) Review this chapter and make recommendations for changes. (Ord. 1631 § 1, 2012; Ord. 1548 § 1, 2009; Ord. 1438 § 4, 2005).

2.29.090 Meetings of the commission.

The Oak Harbor arts commission shall establish a regular time and place of meeting, and shall hold at least six regular meetings a year. Special meetings of the commission may be called at any time by the chairperson or by a quorum of the members of the commission upon personal notice being given to all members of the commission. If personal notice cannot be given, written notice must be received by such members at least 24 hours prior to said meeting. (Ord. 1631 § 1, 2012; Ord. 1548 § 1, 2009; Ord. 1438 § 11, 2005).

The Arts Commission meets the second Thursday of the every month at 4pm.  All meetings of the Oak Harbor Arts Commission are held in city hall unless otherwise noticed.