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Arvada Arts and Culture Commission

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The Arvada Arts and Culture Commission (AACC) supports, cultivates, and advocates for a variety of arts, culture, and heritage opportunities throughout our community.


With the transition of the Arvada Center for the Arts and Humanities to a non-profit organization, the Arvada City Council recognized the need for a new commission to address community cultural advocacy and public art.  In November of 2015, the Council established the Arvada Arts and Culture Commission, and appointed members in April of 2016.

The immediate focus of the Arvada Arts and Culture Commission (AACC) is to create a Public Art Master Plan.  Other goals include:

  • Outreach and support of local artists.  Recently, the AACC put out a call to local artists to provide contact information; to date over 80 artists and performers have responded.  The AACC plans to conduct surveys of this group and, in the future, seek support in achieving its goals.
  • Liaison and partner with the Arvada Historical Society, the Arvada Festivals Commission, the Parks Advisory Committee, and other organizations.
  • Creation of a Cultural District

General Information

The AACC generally meets the second Wednesday of every month at 6 p.m.  The Commission consists of 7 voting members appointed by City Council. The current members of the AACC are:

  • Katie Arntzen, Secretary
  • Rochelle Bennett, Treasurer
  • D Manton Reiser, Chair
  • Pete Simon
  • Marty Myers, Vice Chair
  • Suzanne Ellenbogen
  • Bob Dyer

This is a volunteer appointment. Term of office varies. Only one member of the Commission may live outside of the city limits of Arvada.  NOTE: A background check will be required before serving on this Board.


Career Advancement Grants, Colorado Creative Industries
Next Deadline November 2, 2017
Apply for the Change Leader Institute through Colorado Creative Industries
See the link to Colorado Creative Industries under "Resources" on this page.


There are currently no vacancies on this board. 


For more information, please contact Maria VanderKolk at 720-898-7507. 


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