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Alexandria Commission for the Arts


The role of the Alexandria Commission for the Arts is to provide leadership in the development of a vibrant and sustainable arts community that engages audiences, and to encourage support and appreciation for the arts as a cornerstone of Alexandria's identity and cultural, social, and economic vitality. To accomplish this mission, the Commission administers City grant funds and arts programs; advises City Council on policy, funding and development needs for the arts; collaborates with partners on initiatives that further the development of, and participation in, the arts; and generally advocates for the arts

The Commission for the Arts supports the development and expansion of the arts in Alexandria and serves as an advisory body to City Council. The Commission serves as the single funding source for all activities concerning the arts which are not conducted as part of a regularly scheduled City program. It seeks national, state and private support on behalf of the arts in Alexandria. Commission members are required to become involved in various art projects/events throughout the City and serve on one committee or task force.

The Commission meets on the third Tuesday of the each month at 7:00 p.m, meeting location TBD. All meetings are open to the public.  Approximately twelve hours per month are required of Commission members. 


Fiscal Year 2016 Meeting Information

July 21, 2015:  Informal Work Session to discuss the Waterfront Plans - Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron St., Alexandria, VA

•     Agenda

•     Waterfront Implementation Presentation

August 18, 2015:  Regular Monthly Meeting - Durant Arts Center, 1605 Cameron St., Alexandria, VA

*     Agenda

*    Draft Minutes with Attachments

*    Approved June 16, 2015


Number of Arts Commission Members:


4 Members shall have expertise in the arts, including, but not limited to, arts educators, professional practitioners of various art disciplines and professional administrators, working in the arts.
3 Members shall have specific expertise in visual arts, either as professional practitioners of visual art, curators of visual art, or as professional arts administrators currently working in the field.
3 Members shall represent the public-at-large, as arts consumers and participants.
3 Members shall be professionals in fields relevant to arts and cultural development, including cultural planning, marketing, finance, funding, tourism, promotion, non profit organizational development, and real estate development.
2 Members shall be professionals in the field related to the visual appearance of the cityscape, such as architecture, environmental design, landscape architecture or urban design.
1 Member shall be a student who resides in the City and attends a high school located in the City of Alexandria.

Term of Service:

3-year term


For a list of vacancies, please click here 

 List of Members:

  • Beth Coast, Professional in Field/Arts Disciplines
  • Susan Cohen, Expertise in Visual Arts
  • Gayle Converse, Public at Large/Arts Consumers
  • Pamela Corsini, Public at Large/Arts Consumers 
  • Michael Detomo, Professional in Visual Cityscape/Architecture
  • Shirley Downs, Public at Large/Arts Consumers
  • Kate Elkins, Professional in Field/Arts Disciplines
  • Susan Gordon, Professional in Arts/Cultural Development 
  • Allison Heck, Professional in Cityscape/Architecture
  • Elizabeth Hennigan, Public at Large, Arts Consumers 
  • Michelle Kozlak, Professional in Field, Arts Disciplines
  • David Martin, Expertise in the Visual Arts
  • Lucy Medley, Student Member
  • Allison Nance, Expertise in Visual Arts
  • Patricia Shaffer, Professional in Arts/Cultural Development 
  • Matthew Stensrud, Chair, Professional in Field, Arts Disciplines 

City Staff Contact:

Diane Ruggiero, Deputy Director
Recreation, Parks & Cultural Activities


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