Arts Commission

05-Defining Yelm-Hayden FoglemanThe Yelm Arts Commission will serve as the City’s primary resource to promote and preserve our city’s unique community assets by providing public input, establishing policies and implementing art into City owned public spaces. The Commission will be composed of five to 12 volunteers who are approved by Council.

The Arts Commission will identify and actively encourage the development and sustainability of all forms of art in the City, including paintings, sculptures, landscape architecture, music, literature, and other forms of art to enhance the overall beautification of Yelm.

The Arts Commission was proposed by local residents, business owners and art enthusiasts and an ordinance to create the Commission was unanimously approved by Council in May of 2019.

The City will seek representatives from as many art related professions, including one member from the recommendation of the Yelm Chamber of Commerce, and one member from the recommendation of the Nisqually Tribe, along with a local student interested in the arts, and one member to be an arts educator. Any person who works, lives, or owns a business in Yelm is qualified to apply. Applications will be available in August. Interested members do not need to live within City Limits to apply.

The Art Commission will not require budget allocation from the City as art programs and cultural services will be funded through donations, admission charges, and grants obtained by the commission.

The commission fills the need to represent our local art, music, and culture and we are grateful that residents brought forth the idea and are willing to volunteer their time to get this commission established.

More information about the commission can be found at Chapter 18.05 Yelm Municipal Code. If you are interested in becoming a member of the Commission,  please complete an application.  

Photo by: Hayden Fogleman, Yelm High School